IRELAND

Nation's police colluded

in slayings, inquiry finds

Irish police colluded in the 1989 murder of two senior Northern Ireland police officers by the Irish Republican Army, a judge-led inquiry found Tuesday.

The inquiry looked into the deaths of Harry Breen and Bob Buchanan, who were shot by militants in March 1989 in south Armagh. The two officers, who weren't armed, were attacked when they were crossing into Northern Ireland after a meeting in an Irish police station in the town of Dundalk.

In a report, Judge Peter Smithwick, who has spent the last eight years gathering evidence on whether the militants received help in ambushing the two officers, said he was satisfied there was collusion in the murders.

Tuesday's report was the first time that Ireland has confirmed the longtime suspicion among Northern Ireland's Protestant majority that Irish police colluded with the IRA.

Deputy Prime Minister Eamon Gilmore issued an apology to the officers' families, saying he was "appalled and saddened" by the finding. - AP
BRAZIL

Indigenous leader killed

An indigenous leader who fought for the demarcation of his tribe's ancestral lands has been stabbed to death, apparently by his father-in-law, police said Tuesday.   Ambrosio Vilhalva, a leader of Brazil's Guarani-Kaiowa tribe, was attacked Sunday night as he approached his house in central-western Brazil, said Benjamin Law, police inspector in the town of Caarapo, in Mato Grosso do Sul state.    Vilhalva starred in the 2008 film "Birdwatchers" about his tribe's struggle to return to its ancestral lands.

- AP
BRITAIN

Editor defiant over leaks

The editor of the Guardian said Tuesday his newspaper has published just 1 percent of the material it received from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, and denied the paper had placed lives or national security at risk. Under questioning by lawmakers on Parliament's home affairs committee, Alan Rusbridger accused British authorities of trying to intimidate the newspaper, and warned of "national security being used as a trump card" to stifle debate. - AP