Nine policeman in Peru have been killed by Amazonian indigenous protesters during a rescue operation at a petroleum facility. Protesters had kidnapped 38 officers, of which 22 were rescued and seven others are still missing. The protesters were angry with the government for drilling for oil and gas on ancestral land. Fighting in Bagua, Peru began Friday, killing 22 tribesman and 11 officers. 5 civilians were also killed. The violence was the worst in the country since the 1990s, BBC News.
Juarez, Mexico seemed to be recovering from their deadly drug wars, but violence is spiking again. Officials say the amount of executions performed in broad daylight is much higher than at this time last year. Two drugs cartels in the city are fighting for control of the drug trafficking routes that enter the U.S. Juarez is just across the border from El Paso, Texas, NPR.
Longshot Summer Bird won today’s Belmont Stakes race, denying jockey Calvin Borel the chance to be the only jockey in history to win all three Triple Crown races on different horses. Borel rode Mine That Bird, the horse he rode in his Kentucky Derby win, and placed third, SI.
Svetlana Kuznetsova easily defeated #1 ranked Dinara Safina in the women’s finals of the French Open. Kuznetsova won in only 74 minutes, winning the frist two sets 6-4 and 6-2. Tomorrow, Roger Federer will play Robin Soderling in an attempt to win the only Grand Slam title that has alluded him in his career, ESPN.
U.S. President Obama spoke at Omaha Beach in France today to commemorate the 65th anniversary of D-Day. Read a summary and quotes from his speech here.
Phil Spector, a renowned U.S. music producer, has been sentenced to 19 years in prison for the 2003 murder of actress Lana Clarkson. The jury in Spector’s 2007 trial failed to reach a decision, but his five month long trial this year found him guilty of second-degree murder, BBC News.
Officials say 250 people have been killed this week in central Sudan in battles between nomadic groups. 75 of those killed were policeman who were attacked by over 3,000 militants on horseback, BBC News.
Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra will not race in the Belmont Stakes, the third race part of the Triple Crown. The filly was the first to win the Preakness in 85 years and was ridden by Calvin Borel, the jockey who won this year’s Kentucky Derby on Mine That Bird. Borel will ride Mine That Bird in the Belmont, and if he wins the race, he will be the first jockey in history to win all three Triple Crown races in one year on more than one horse, NY Times.
The horse Rachel Alexandra won the 134th Preakness Stakes today in Baltimore, dashing Mine That Bird’s hopes for the Triple Crown. The win was the first for a filly at the race in 85 years and the winning jockey, Calvin Borel, also won the Kentucky Derby this year riding Mine That Bird, ESPN.
President Obama has named Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman as the U.S. ambassador to China. Huntsman, a Republican, was seen as a strong contender for the 2012 presidential election and considered a popular politician, MSNBC.
Arrests were made today before Moscow’s gay pride parade. Police detained dozens that were supposed to meet at a park before the rally, which was barricaded by police, and prominent gay activist Nikolai Alexeyev was among those arrested. The march was going to coincide with the Eurovision contest taking place in the city, which has a large gay following, CNN.
With an estimated 100+ million people watching, Norway took the trophy in the Eurovision Song Contest in Moscow. The competition, started in 1956, is held annually with each memeber of the European Broadcasting Union entering one song into the contest to be sung live. European citizens and a panel then decide the winner. This year, Norway won 387 votes, the most in the competition’s history, BBC News.
12 people were injured, at least 1 critically, when an air-supported roof over a Dallas Cowboys training facility collapsed during a storm. A CNN viewer sent in a picture of what appears to be an upside-down funnel cloud, but officials are not sure if a tornado touched down or not. CNN has terrifying video of the collapse here.
The execution of a young Iranian women who was found guilty of murder when she was 17-years-old has sparked outrage from human rights organizations. Amnesty International says Delara Darabi, who was hanged, didn’t receive a fair trial and was executed by prison officials even though an Iranian court had granted Darabi a two-month stay of execution. Darabi originally confessed to the crime, but has since recounted, saying she took the blame for her boyfriend, BBC News.
The official death toll from the swine flu has been lowered significantly and Mexican officials are hoping that the worst is over. 17 people have died from the flu, but fewer people are reporting symptoms and no deaths from the virus have occurred since Wednesday in the North American country. Meanwhile, the disease is spreading to other continents, but by all accounts, it is only the mild strain appearing outside of Mexico, NPR.
Mine That Bird, a 50-1 longshot, won the Kentucky Derby in spectacular fashion today. The upset ties for second place for the biggest upset in Derby history, tying 2005 winner Giacomo’s 50-1 odds and behind the 91-1 upset in 1913 when Donerail won the race, ESPN.
The favorite horse to win the Kentucky Derby, I Want Revenge, has been scrapped from today’s line-up, reportedly because of soft tissue damage in the ankle. At last year’s race, one of the favorites Eight Belles broke both ankles, collapsed and was euthanized on the track after finishing second. Officials seem to be even more cautious this year because of the last year’s tragedy, ESPN.
Since Friday, over 91 people have been killed by the Sri Lankan army at a makeshift hospital. The army has blamed the killings on Tamil Tigers’ suicide attacks, but a doctor in the hospital e-mailed BBC News pictures that seemed to contradict the military’s statement. As foreign journalists are not allowed in the country, neither account can be verified, but news sources do know thousands of civilians are trapped in the warzone, BBC News.
A jury has acquitted two Pennsylvania teens of serious charges stemming from the attack and murder of an illegal Mexican immigrant. The all-white jury convicted the two of simple assault, USA Today.
Take a look at Citizen’s Daily Brief’s coverage of the dramatic AWARE meeting in Singapre today.