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US concerned Mexico's new president may go easy on drug cartels

Say No To Drugs

Enrique Peña Nieto's victory in Mexico's presidential election amid a raging drug war opens a new and uncertain chapter in relations with the US. Some in Washington fear the return of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), which ruled Mexico until 2000, will turn the clock back to an era of cosy deals with drug cartels and fraught relations with the gringos.

Syrian regime TV reporter defects

Pen And Paper

A presenter from the Syrian regime's main television channel has defected to the opposition and revealed he has been secretly providing intelligence to rebels for the past seven months.