News Summary of the most important news in English for July 12th, 2011

++ As part of efforts to halt the flow of illegal weapons into Mexico, the U.S. Justice Department said that arms and munitions stores in four U.S. border states must advise the federal government when they see customers who are frequent buyers of automatic weapons. Spokesperson for the National Security Council Alejandro Poiré said the Mexican government hailed the U.S. government’s announcement.

++ Unknown attackers in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, in Guerrero, killed Javier Serrano, the son-in-law of María Elena Moreira, who heads the “Common Cause” civic group. (Comment:  Maria Elena is an extraordinary advocate for victims of violence; we send her our deep felt condolences.)


++ Authorities in Hermosillo, Sonora, captured Armando Villarreal Heredia or Jesús Heredia González, who is a.k.a. as "El Gordo" or Fatso and whom the United States considers to be one of the main operators working for Fernando Arellano Sánchez, or "El Ingeniero", The Engineer, who is the leader of Arellano Félix drug cartel.

++ At a National Governors Conference meeting in Chihuahua, Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard presented a common security policy and security evaluation system to reduce high impact crime rates.

++ Guatemalan President Álvaro Colom said the attack in which Argentine singer-composer Facundo Cabral was killed was perpetrated by organized crime and the target was Nicaraguan businessman Henry Fariña.

++ PAN Senator Santiago Creel took a leave of absence from his senate seat position to seek the PAN presidential candidacy.

++ The Public Office Secretariat denied that it is carrying out a special audit of Miguel Angel Yunes’ term as ISSSTE chief and said that normal audits have found absolutely no irregularities involving him.

++ Authorities in Oaxaca said that 32 former officials in the administration of former governor Ulises Ruiz in 2010 could have taken part in an embezzlement scheme amounting to over three billion pesos.

++ A jubilant President Felipe Calderón met at Los Pinos with the members of the Mexican Under 17 soccer team, and called them “golden boys.”

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