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Drug cartel leader on Treasury blacklist arrested in Mexico

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Police have arrested the deputy leader of the Beltran Leyva drug cartel in Mexico City as he visited the capital, authorities said Wednesday.

Arnoldo Villa Sanchez was arrested by federal police on Tuesday, three days after he arrived to see family and associates during Holy Week, said National Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido.

At a news conference, Rubido described Villa, 40, as the second highest member of the criminal group headed by Hector Beltran Leyva.

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He was arrested along with a bodyguard as they moved in a car and “both tried to resist but were they were detained without a shot being fired,” Rubido said.

Villa was placed on a U.S. Treasury Department financial blacklist last year, accusing him of committing “numerous acts of violence on behalf of his cartel bosses.”

The Beltran Leyva crime family used to be one of Mexico’s biggest cartels.

But it was weakened following the capture of its leader Alfredo Beltran Leyva in 2008 and his brother Arturo’s killing by soldiers in 2009. They were also at war with the powerful Sinaloa cartel.

The U.S. Treasury Department warned in November that the Beltran Leyva cartel “has re-established itself and begun to expand its influence in parts of Sinaloa” state in the last two years.

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Hong Kong protesters defy Tiananmen vigil ban

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Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters defied a ban against gathering at a park to commemorate Thursday's anniversary of China's deadly Tiananmen crackdown, with tensions seething in the financial hub over a planned new security law.

The semi-autonomous city had for three decades seen huge vigils to remember those killed when China's communist leaders deployed its military into Beijing's Tiananmen Square to crush a student-led movement for democratic reforms.

This year's vigil was banned, with authorities citing coronavirus restrictions on group gatherings.

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Rudy Giuliani melts down after Piers Morgan calls him ‘completely barking mad’ in train wreck interview

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Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani went completely off the rails during an interview with British journalist Piers Morgan on Thursday after Morgan confronted the former New York mayor about some of President Donald Trump's inflammatory tweets.

During the interview, Morgan demanded to know why it was acceptable for Trump to send out a tweet that promoted the shooting of looters.

Giuliani insisted that the media had taken Trump's tweet out of context, and Morgan responded by calling that assertion "total claptrap."

"You keep saying that it's the left-wing media that has somehow misquoted Donald Trump," Morgan said. "The president of the United States' job, when this kind of thing happens, is to keep temperatures down, not to put fuel on the fire. For the president of the United States to tweet that 'when the looting starts, the shooting starts,' directly quoting a racist police chief... who used dogs and guns on black people."

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MSNBC’s Morning Joe scorches GOP senators for following Trump ‘over the cliff’ to election losses

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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough hammered Senate Republicans for following President Donald Trump "over a cliff."

The "Morning Joe" host said the GOP had suffered losses in every election cycle since Trump won, and he said the president was a threat to his own party.

"All Republican incumbents who are endangered politicians," Scarborough said. "What bargain did they make that is worth following this man over the cliff? Who, right now, in early June, is on his way to losing in a landslide of his own?"

"These polls that we're going to show you in a minute are just a snapshot of where we are at the beginning of June," he added. "Things can change, but if they do change, it will be the first time in almost four years that elections have broken Donald Trump's way."

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