Queen admits to mistakes in Irish relations

DUBLIN — Queen Elizabeth II made a powerful statement Wednesday night expressing "deep sympathy" to all who had suffered as a result of the troubled relations between England and Ireland.

She did not apologize for any British actions during the bitter conflicts between the two neighbors but said it is clear mistakes were made.

"To all those who have suffered as a consequence of our troubled past I extend my sincere thoughts and deep sympathy," she said at a state dinner hosted by Irish President Mary McAleese. "With the benefit of historical hindsight, we can all see things which we would wish had been done differently or not at all."

The queen, whose visit has been highlighted by memorable scenes of friendship and forgiveness, emphasized the positive in the rest of her brief speech, saying no one in past centuries could have imagined the bonds of friendship that now unite England and Ireland.

Guatemala massacre led by cartel leader

GUATEMALA CITY — A man arrested in the killing of 27 cattle ranch workers is an alleged leader of the Zetas drug cartel in Guatemala and a former soldier, President Alvaro Colom said Wednesday.

Hugo Alvaro Gomez Vasquez, who is suspected of taking part in the weekend massacre in the northern province of Peten, is a former member of the kaibiles, Guatemalan soldiers trained in counterinsurgency methods, Colom said.

"The evidence indicates that he is a one of the high leaders of the Zetas," Guatemala's president told reporters. The Zetas are a brutal, Mexico-based drug cartel that has spread into northern Guatemala.