Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

World Briefs: Death Toll in Crash of Mexico Police Helicopter Rises to 5

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

World Briefs: Death Toll in Crash of Mexico Police Helicopter Rises to 5

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Uruguay seeks new home for ex-Guantanamo man

Uruguay's government said Wednesday that it was searching for another country to take a former Guantanamo detainee who is threatening to die on a hunger strike if he is not allowed to reunite with his family abroad.

Syrian native Abu Wa'el Dhiab has repeatedly said he is unhappy in Uruguay and is demanding to be allowed to leave the South American country, which took him in with five other former Guantanamo prisoners in 2014.

There is nothing impeding Dhiab's family from coming to Uruguay, but the former prisoner is against it, a government spokesman said.

Dhiab was at the center of a legal battle at Guantanamo for years because of repeated hunger strikes to protest his detainment. He had turned up in Venezuela in late July after going missing from Uruguay.

Mexican official takes fall for Trump visit * One of President Enrique Pena Nieto's closest advisers and confidants, Finance Secretary Luis Videgaray, has resigned in a move seen as linked to the unpopular decision to invite Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump to visit Mexico.

Pena Nieto has taken responsibility for inviting Trump, but a former government official familiar with the workings of the administration said Videgaray would have played a role in the decision. Newspaper columnists in Mexico have reported Videgaray was behind last week's visit, after which Pena Nieto was criticized for not being forceful enough in rejecting Trump's proposals and comments about Mexico.

Videgaray "was the architect" of Trump's visit, because he was the adviser whom Pena Nieto had "the most reliance on and was closest to," said columnist and political analyst Raymundo Riva Palacio.

Videgaray acted as Pena Nieto's campaign manager for the 2012 election and is seen as the architect of many administration policies.

Protests in Brazil target Rousseff's successor * Protests against new Brazilian President Michel Temer are taking place in dozens of cities across the country.

The news portal G1 has reported demonstrations in 40 cities Wednesday, which is Brazil's Independence Day. It is also the opening of the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. …

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