Peruvians jeer Holloway suspect
LIMA, Peru - Angry Peruvian onlookers shouted "Disgrace!" and "Murderer!" at Joran van der Sloot on Friday after a judge ordered him jailed on first-degree murder and robbery charges in the killing of a 21-year-old Lima woman.
Prosecutors said the Dutchman, who was taken to a segregated block of an eastern Lima prison, acted with "ferocity and great cruelty" in killing business student Stephany Flores in his hotel room after they met playing poker.
Van der Sloot remains the lone suspect in the 2005 disappearance of U.S. teen Natalee Holloway on the Caribbean resort island of Aruba, and Peru's criminal police chief says the defendant told interrogators he knows where her body is.
Aruba's attorney general, Taco Stein, said on Friday he was skeptical van der Sloot was telling the truth about Holloway's body. He said Aruban officials would decide whether to send investigators to Peru to question him once they learn exactly what he is offering. - AP
Burst of killing erupts in Mexico
CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico - At least 30 gunmen burst into a drug-rehabilitation center in a Mexican border-state capital and opened fire, killing 19 men and wounding four people, police said. Gunmen also killed 20 people in another drug-plagued northern city.
The bullet-riddled bodies of 18 men and two women were found Friday in five parts of Ciudad Madero, a city in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas, where violence has surged this year amid a turf battle between the Gulf cartel and its former ally, the Zetas gang of hit men. Another round of killings occurred late Thursday at the Faith and Life center in Chihuahua city, about 210 miles south of Ciudad Juarez and the border with El Paso, Texas, state police spokesman Fidel Banuelos said.
The killings marked one of the bloodiest weeks ever in Mexico and came just weeks after authorities discovered 55 bodies in an abandoned silver mine, presumably victims of the country's drug violence. - AP
Russian leader plans U.S. visit
WASHINGTON - President Obama will meet with Russian President Dmitry A. Medvedev on June 24 at the White House as part of a three-day U.S. visit by the Russian leader focused on trade and economic development, both governments announced Friday.
Medvedev is starting his U.S. visit June 22 in Silicon Valley, a center for the high-technology industry, in Northern California. He is seeking to widen U.S.-Russian cooperation in high-tech areas, the Kremlin said.
"President Obama looks forward to using this next meeting with President Medvedev to explore possible avenues of greater cooperation regarding trade, investment and innovation," White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said in a statement. - Bloomberg News