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In brief: Man arrested in ’68 hijacking

Laliberte (The Spokesman-Review)
Laliberte (The Spokesman-Review)

NEW YORK – A man wanted for hijacking a flight out of New York 40 years ago was arrested Sunday after arriving on a flight from Cuba, federal authorities said.

Luis Armando Pena Soltren was wanted for his role in the Nov. 24, 1968, hijacking of a Pan Am flight bound for Puerto Rico. The 66-year-old Soltren was arrested at John F. Kennedy International Airport, authorities said.

Soltren was expected to be arraigned Tuesday in Manhattan. “As the 1968 charges allege, he terrorized dozens of passengers when he and his cohorts wielded pistols and knives to hijack Pan American flight 281,” U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement Sunday.

Cirque founder back from space

MOSCOW – The Russian Soyuz capsule carrying Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte and two other space travelers landed safely in Kazakhstan on Sunday, ending the entertainment tycoon’s mirthful space odyssey.

Laliberte, who wore a bulbous clown nose during his stay aboard the Inter- national Space Station, was extracted from the cramped Soyuz capsule Sunday morning following its landing in the steppes of northern Kazakhstan.

Laliberte returned with Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka and NASA astronaut Michael Barratt, re-entering the Earth’s atmosphere several hours after their capsule left the space station.

Mexico seizes electrical utility

MEXICO CITY – President Felipe Calderon on Sunday disbanded the public utility that supplies electricity to Mexico City and the surrounding area, citing a gaping budget hole that threatened service to 25 million consumers.

About 500 federal police seized the Mexico City offices of the electricity company Luz y Fuerza del Centro, hours before the government published a decree documenting severe inefficiencies at the electricity provider.

Luz y Fuerza is a state-run company that services Mexico City and parts of four central states, but business decisions were largely dictated by a powerful labor union that was locked in a dispute with Calderon’s government. The 66,000-member union promised protests to resist the move.


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Trump administration pulls U.S. out of UN human rights council

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