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In brief: Possible cartel leader detained

Thu., Sept. 13, 2012

Mexico City – Mexican marines detained a man believed to be the leader of the Gulf drug cartel in the northern state of Tamaulipas, across the border from Texas, the navy announced late Wednesday.

The navy said in a brief statement that the man identified himself as Gulf cartel boss Jorge Eduardo Costilla Sanchez. The navy gave no other details, saying it would provide more information today.

If confirmed, the arrest of Costilla would be another blow to the Matamoros-based Gulf cartel, which has been weakened by its struggle to keep the rival Zetas cartel from taking over all of its territory since the two split in early 2010 and began a bloody turf war.

A verified capture also would be a significant victory for the marines, who were embarrassed in June after incorrectly announcing they had nabbed the son of Mexico’s top fugitive drug lord.

Dutch leader claims victory for party

The Hague, Netherlands – Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte claimed victory early today for his conservative VVD party in national elections widely seen as a referendum on the Netherlands’ commitment to Europe.

With 92 percent of municipalities reporting, the VVD was set to take 41 seats in the 150-member Dutch Parliament, two more than its largest rival, the center-left Labor party. Rutte said Labor leader Diederik Samsom had called him to concede.

“Tonight let’s enjoy it, and tomorrow we have get to work to make sure a stable Cabinet is formed as soon as possible,” Rutte told cheering supporters at a beachside hotel in The Hague.

The result sets the stage for the VVD and Labor – both pro-Europe parties – to forge a two-party ruling coalition with Rutte returning for a second term as prime minister.


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