* Brazil: President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva praised police and the army for their crackdown on drug gangs in Rio de Janeiro.
* U.S.: Could the “Tequila Party” become the next burgeoning U.S. political movement?
* Central America: Panama and Costa Rica launched a health program to combat the spread of malaria along the border between both countries.
* Mexico: Troops uncovered eighteen bodies buried in a Chihuahua ranch near the border with Texas.
Image – KeystoneUSA-ZUMA/Rex Features via The Guardian (“Security forces were deployed to a poor area of Rio de Janeiro to tackle a wave of gang violence.”)
Online Sources- BBC News, UPI, MSNBC, Xinhua