Friday, August 26, 2011

Daily Headlines: August 26, 2011 (Updated with video)

* Mexico:
At least 52 people died in Monterrey after several individuals burst into a casino, doused it with a flammable liquid and started a massive fire. (Update: The above video from Mexican authorities shows how the incident started. At the 0:50 mark, at least nine people suspected of starting the blaze emerged from three autos at the entrance of the casino. Two minutes later some flames and heavy black smoke can be seen).

* Brazil: According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, Brazilian ethanol exports will likely be surpassed U.S. exports in the second half of this year.

* Latin America: Representatives from thirty-six Latin American and Asian states at a conference in Argentina called for greater economic cooperation between the two regions.

* Caribbean: At least six people on the island of Hispaniola including four on the Dominican Republic died due to heavy rains and winds from Hurricane Irene.

Video Source - poliiticamx1 via YouTube (Hat tip: El Espectador).
Online Sources- AFP, Xinhua, Reuters,

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