MEXICO: PRI wins a governor race
The former ruling party won a major governor's race Monday after a campaign marred by drug-cartel threats and violence, defeating President Felipe Calderón's sister and building momentum for its goal of taking back the presidency. Fausto Vallejo Figueroa of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, won 35 percent of the vote in the western state of Michoacan. Luisa Maria Calderón took 33 percent.
GERMANY: Terrorism raises questions
Germany's domestic intelligence agency was put on the defensive Monday, amid questions of how a neo-Nazi group it had been aware of in 1998 could have slipped from its radar and carried out bank robberies and at least 10 murders. Authorities were scrambling for information on the Zwickau-based trio calling itself the Nationalist Socialist Underground. They are calling it a domestic terror organization suspected of murdering eight Turks and one Greek from 2000 to 2006 and fatally shooting a policewoman in 2007. A woman identified as Beate Z., 36, was arrested late Sunday on charges of cofounding the organization. Another suspect, identified as Holger G., 37, was brought before a judge Monday and ordered detained.
BRAZIL: Cleaning up for Games
Police blitzes in Rio's slums are meant to show the world that the Olympic city is winning the fight against violent drug gangs that ruled the shantytowns. With the weekend occupation of the Rocinha slum, authorities secured key areas near athletic events planned for the 2016 Games. They've also cleared shantytowns around Maracana stadium, venue for the 2014 World Cup.