Russia showcased its military might and youthful new president to the world Friday, as heavy tanks and missile launchers rumbled across Red Square in a Victory Day parade for the first time since the Soviet era.
In a nationally broadcast speech two days after his inauguration, President Dmitry Medvedev avoided the bellicose rhetoric of his mentor and predecessor, Vladimir Putin, who drew parallels between United States and Nazi Germany during last year’s parade.
Medvedev, his country’s third post-Soviet president, hailed the rebuilding Russian military, saying it can “give a reliable protection to the motherland.”
Train quarantined after woman dies
Authorities quarantined a train in Ontario on Friday after a woman died and several others reported being ill. But a doctor later ruled out a serious infectious disease and said the train would likely soon resume its journey.
Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s chief medical officer, said an elderly woman who died on the train did not have an infectious disease and the illnesses were unrelated.
A passenger who was airlifted to a hospital and five others who reported being sick had unrelated minor illnesses, Williams said. He called it a confluence of three events.
Officials promise to keep up fight
Mexican officials vowed Friday to press their war on organized crime despite the brazen killing a day earlier of the country’s a top federal police official by a gunman believed to be working for a drug cartel.
“We will not be intimidated,” federal Public Safety Secretary Genaro Garcia Luna declared during a memorial service in Mexico City for Edgar Millan Gomez, who was acting chief of a federal police agency.
President Felipe Calderon, visiting the violence-plagued northern border town of Reynosa later in the day, said organized-crime groups were striking back against the federal government “because they know we are hitting their criminal structure.”
Millan Gomez, a veteran officer, oversaw the drive against organized crime before taking over as chief of the Federal Preventive Police last month. He was the highest-ranking Mexican official to be slain since Calderon launched the anti-crime initiative in late 2006.