HAVANA — American contractor Alan Gross was found guilty on Saturday of working to destabilize Cuba's communist government, Cuba's state-run television reported, and now faces up to 20 years behind bars in the latest blow to U.S.-Cuba relations. A panel of judges reached the verdict after two days of testimony including a vigorous defense by Gross, and now must decide his sentence, which will come in a few days, the report said.
A statement by the Cuban government Saturday night said that during the trial Gross accepted some responsibility but added that he had been used and blamed the company that sent him to the island.
Strong aftershock shakes New Zealand
WELLINGTON, New Zealand — A powerful aftershock has rocked the devastated New Zealand city of Christchurch and the confirmed death toll from last month's magnitude 6.3 earthquake has risen by one to 166.
The GNS Science monitoring agency says the magnitude 4.8 aftershock struck Saturday night causing minor damage.
Police Supt. Sandra Manderson told reporters today the death toll had risen to 166 with another body recovered Saturday. The final toll is expected to exceed 200.
Mexico arrests man with a load of heroin
MEXICO CITY — The Mexican military says it has arrested a man who was carrying 1,000 doses of heroin along with cocaine, methamphetamines and a weapon on a federal highway.
A Defense Department statement issued Saturday says military personnel stopped the suspect the previous day at an unannounced checkpoint outside Tuxpan, north of beach resorts in the Pacific coast state of Nayarit.
A United Nations anti-narcotics agency recently reported that production of highly pure heroin is rising in Mexico.