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MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexican authorities say a key leader of the Gulf Cartel has been arrested after a major confrontation near the Texas border.
An armed forces officer says the leader has been taken to Mexico City.
The officer, who was not authorized to speak to the press, would not name the person arrested Saturday. Mexican media reported that it is Mario Armando Ramirez Trevino, leader of the Gulf Cartel in Reynosa, who is responsible for much of the violence in the border city across from McAllen, Texas.
Tamaulipas state government spokesman Rafael Luque confirmed that there was a major operation of the Mexican army and marines about 1 p.m. local time with helicopters in the town of Rio Bravo. He could not confirm if anyone was killed, injured or detained.
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) -- Authorities say a bomb blast has wounded at least five policemen in the restive Gulf kingdom of Bahrain.
The Interior Ministry on its official Twitter feed said the homemade bomb went off Saturday evening in the al-Diar area on the island of Muharraq, northeast of the capital, Manama.
Authorities are describing the bomb attack as "an act of terror," and say two of the wounded policemen suffered serious injuries but are in stable condition.
There has been an increase in attacks in recent weeks targeting security personnel and government institutions in Bahrain, including some using bombs made with natural gas canisters.
The island nation, which is home to the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet, has been gripped by unrest since February 2011 when the country's Shiites began an uprising.
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's prime minister says weapons and fighters flowing into Syria are ending up in Iraq, contributing to the spiraling violence in his country.
More than 3,000 people have died in violence across Iraq during the past few months.
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki (NOO'-ree ahl-MAHL'-ih-kee) says weapons that some countries are providing to the Syrian rebels and foreign fighters attempting to topple Syrian President Bashar Assad are being smuggled into Iraq.
Iraqi border guards frequently clash with militants and smugglers who are attempting to move across the borders.
Officials say nine soldiers have been killed in three attacks today. They also say attackers detonated explosives on a key oil pipeline yesterday, disrupting crude oil exports.
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The status of Jerusalem will be among core issues discussed at the U.S.-brokered peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians that start Wednesday in the disputed city.
Israel considers Jerusalem the political and religious center of the Jewish people and is unwilling to divide it.
But Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas says there can be no agreement without a Palestinian capital in East Jerusalem.
Jerusalem's Old City contains sites sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims. Palestinian scholar Mahdi Abdul Hadi says, "That is why the Palestinian position should be an open city, a shared city, two capitals, two flags, two municipalities."
Roy Folkman, an advisor to Jerusalem's mayor, says the city's boundaries could be adjusted. But he says Jerusalem should be "a united city under Israeli governance" that gives "equal rights to everyone."
BEIRUT (AP) -- One of Lebanon's most powerful Sunni politicians has accused the leader of the Shiite militant Hezbollah group of dragging the country further into neighboring Syria's civil war.
The comments Saturday from former Prime Minister Saad Hariri come two days after a deadly car bombing struck a Hezbollah neighborhood south of Beirut. Many people see the blast as retaliation for Hezbollah's armed support for Syrian President Bashar Assad.
Nasrallah on Thursday blamed Sunni extremists for the blast and said he was prepared to double the number of Hezbollah fighters in Syria if the bombing is linked to that conflict.
Hariri said on his official Twitter account that Nasrallah's speech "drags Lebanon further into the Syrian fire, and it is a pity to squander the blood of Lebanese in such a way."
LONDON (AP) -- British police say they are examining newly received information relating to the deaths of Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed, and that officers are assessing the information's "relevance and credibility."
Scotland Yard declined to provide details about the information, only saying Saturday in a statement that the assessment will be carried out by officers from its specialist crime and operations unit.
The force stressed that it was not reopening the investigation into the 1997 deaths of Diana and Fayed, who were killed in a car crash in Paris.
In 2008, a British jury ruled that Diana, the Princess of Wales, and her companion, Fayed, were unlawfully killed due to reckless speed and drinking by their driver, and by the reckless pursuit of paparazzi chasing them.
VENICE, Italy (AP) -- Venice's mayor is convening experts to resolve the worsening problem of congestion in the lagoon city's waterways after a German tourist died when a gondola he was riding in with his family crashed into a larger boat.
Mayor Giorgio Orsoni expressed his condolences following the crash Saturday, which occurred around noon near the highly trafficked Rialto bridge on the Grand Canal.
Police spokeswoman Erica Veronica Di Francesco says the vaporetto, or public bus that ferries passengers around Venice, was pulling into dock when it crashed into the gondola carrying five members of a visiting German family. She says that contrary to earlier reports, none of the gondola's occupants fell into the water.
Mayor Orsoni says the problem of congestion in Venice's waterways must be confronted.
Carlesso says the father was believed to have been crushed to death in the crash. His 3-year-old child was hospitalized in Padua with head injuries.
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian media report that a boat being piloted by a captain suspected of being drunk has crashed into a barge, killing four people and wounding 49.
The Interfax news agency, citing regional police and emergency services, says the crash occurred Saturday on the Irtysh river, 10 kilometers from the Siberian city of Omsk.
The boat, an express ferry to a popular monastery, was carrying 60 passengers. Police told Interfax the captain appeared to be "under the influence of alcohol" when detained after the crash.
Russia has a long history of tragic accidents, some due to aging infrastructure and others due to personnel error.
In 2011, a cruise vessel sank near the central Russian city of Kazan, killing 129 people, including 50 children.