BEIJING — Chinese officials declared today a national day of mourning to remember the more than 1,200 people killed by recent flooding that still held parts of the country in its grip.
More rain was forecast for remote Gansu province, where the swollen Bailong River was expected to once again overflow its banks, causing new trauma for survivors of the punishing deluge that first struck Aug. 7.
Reports of the continued death and devastation have hit China hard, provoking an outpouring of sympathy for the stricken. The official New China News Agency on Saturday continued its run of heart-wrenching photographs, including rescuers pulling bodies from the mud, boats passing the roofs of submerged houses and a man clutching strands of his dead daughter's hair.
Mexican police arrest suspects in 2 killings
MEXICO CITY — Mexican authorities say that police in Ciudad Juarez have captured five alleged drug gang members suspected in the killings of two federal officers, including one whose body was hacked to pieces.
One of the suspects is also believed to have acted as a lookout in the July 15 car bomb attack on police that killed an officer and two other people, Luis Cardenas Palomino, regional security chief for the federal police, said Friday.
He described the five men as members of the La Linea gang, which works for the Juarez drug cartel. He alleged they killed two federal officers last week in Ciudad Juarez and then hacked up one of the bodies.