WARSAW, Poland — President Obama announced Saturday that the United States has agreed to send F-16 fighter jets and C-130 cargo aircraft to train in Poland, a move Polish leadership welcomed as a sign of the U.S. commitment to defend Central and Eastern Europe.
In a quick first step, F-16s from the California Air National Guard will work alongside Polish F-16s this July in a training exercise as part of the preparations for the EURO 2012 soccer tournament.
Other F-16s and C-130s will be rotated to Poland in 2013.
Russia will let grain export ban expire
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MOSCOW — Russia, once the world's second- biggest wheat exporter, will let a grain-export ban expire July 1, increasing supply as drought and flooding threatens crops from Europe to the U.S.
Farmers have sown 10 percent more acres and stockpiles exceed 6 million metric tons, First Deputy Prime Minister Viktor Zubkov said Saturday, according to a government statement. Russian grain traders accelerated purchases in the last several weeks, moving supply to silos near ports in anticipation of the end of the ban which began in August, agricultural researcher SovEcon said May 20.
Wheat traded in Chicago, a global benchmark, has as much as doubled in the past year as drought and flooding from Canada to Russia to Europe ruined crops.
Mexico rounds up drug cartel members
MEXICO CITY — Mexico's federal police detained nearly 50 members of two major drug cartels, including suspects in the recent armed attack on a police helicopter, authorities said Saturday.
The suspects include 36 members of the La Familia cartel and 10 members of the Zetas drug gang, the federal police said in a statement.
La Familia gang members were detained in connection with the attack on a federal police helicopter Tuesday that wounded two officers and forced the craft to land.
Authorities added that the 10 Zeta members were detained Friday at a ranch in Cancun, where a kidnapping victim was found and released.