Train robberies rise; thieves block tracks

MEXICO CITY — Freight train robbers in Mexico are increasingly blocking tracks or loosening rails to stop trains and steal the contents.

The federal rail agency said Monday the number of cargo thefts increased from 532 in the last quarter of 2017 to 561 in the first quarter of 2018.

While that’s only a 5 percent increase, thieves are using more dangerous ways to stop the trains.


Violent anti-government protests return

MANAGUA — Violence returned to protests against Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega when riot police confronted students who had seized a university.

Students demanding greater democracy and Ortega’s resignation took over the Engineering University in Managua, the capital.

Government supporters moved to end the takeover, but anti-government protesters took the students’ side. The opposition demonstrators then partially set fire to the pro-government radio station Radio Ya, whose offices are located near the university.


Ebola vaccinations begin in Bikoro

KINSHASA — Officials began vaccinating health workers and others on Monday in Bikoro, where Congo’s current Ebola outbreak was first declared at the beginning of May.

Congo’s Health Minister Oly Ilunga traveled Monday to oversee the Ebola vaccinations of at least 10 people in Bikoro, where at least five of 12 Ebola deaths have happened.