Suspect in Toronto Van Rampage Is Charged With Murder

Photo Farzad Salehi consoled his wife, Mehrsa Marjani, who was at a nearby cafe and witnessed the aftermath when a van plowed down a crowded sidewalk, killing at least 10 people and injuring several others, on Monday in Toronto. Credit Aaron Vincent Elkaim/The Canadian Press, via Associated Press TORONTO — The 25-year-old driver of the van that careened down a busy Toronto street in a deadly rampage was charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder on Tuesday and 13 counts of attempted murder. The charges were announced at a Toronto…

Multiple People Are Hit by Van at Two Locations in Toronto, Police Say

One driver, who identified himself as Ali, said the van mowed down everything in its path: pedestrians, mailboxes, electrical poles, benches and a fire hydrant. “One by one, one by one,” he said, describing the pedestrians being struck. “Holy God, I’ve never seen such a sight before. I feel sick.” A bystander who rushed to help the pedestrian who was struck while crossing the street said that “pieces of the van went flying everywhere.” Meaghan Gray, a spokeswoman for the Toronto police, said the authorities received a report at 1:30…

Paraguayans Elect President in Vote That Evoked Dictatorship Era

Election officials declared Mr. Abdo Benítez’s victory shortly after 9 p.m., after more than 96 percent of votes had been tallied. He won by about four percentage points, an outcome far closer than polls had suggested. Mr. Abdo Benítez struck a conciliatory tone as he thanked supporters on Sunday night. “We have built a project that touched the heart of the people and that seeks unity for Paraguay,” he said. There was significant overlap in the initiatives that both candidates campaigned on. Mr. Abdo Benítez and Mr. Alegre vowed to…

Met With Days of Protests, Nicaragua’s Leader Vows to Reverse Course

If anything, students at Polytechnic University in Managua, who had been protesting for days, seemed galvanized by Mr. Ortega’s Sunday announcement. “We’re not going to move,” said Golden Rivas, 36, a nursing major who had been at the Polytechnic University throughout the sit in. Dara Nicole Díaz, 18, a graphic design major, whipped out her cellphone to read a long list of the students’ demands, which included the release of protesters detained in the past week and the resignation of the police chief. “This isn’t a struggle just from now,”…

In Cuba’s Change of Leadership, More Black Officials in Power

While official statistics reflect that less than 10 percent of the population is black, in reality, most estimates put the number far higher. The Cuban government under the Castros has historically been viewed as one made up mainly of white men, especially those of advanced age. Although it has generally had at least one Afro-Cuban in a high-ranking position, cynics dismissed them as symbolic figures. Although skeptics doubt that too much will change to address the disparities faced by many black people in Cuba, even some of the government’s harshest…

A Canadian Terrorism Disclosure on a Times Podcast: the Canada Letter

The podcast means that you now have a colleague from The Times along when you’re reporting. Has that brought any changes, either good or bad? My work is often very solitary. It’s usually just me flying to the country where I am reporting, staying by myself in a hotel and then meeting up with our translators and fixers during the day. When I’m writing, it’s even lonelier. It was so much fun to have my audio colleague Andy Mills for one of my trips to Iraq. He was at my…

D.E.A. Is Investigating a Former Agent on Misconduct Allegations

Congressional Democrats have called for an investigation into D.E.A.-led operations in Mexico, in which information passed from United States officials to Mexican authorities was said to have been shared with cartel leaders, prompting two violent attacks. A D.E.A. officer in New Orleans is facing charges of perjury, obstruction and a swath of other accusations in a wide-ranging scandal that saw members of a D.E.A. task force plead guilty to stealing drugs and cash during federal raids. The largest producer of cocaine in the world and America’s lead supplier, Colombia is…

From Janitor to Chief Justice: Could Joaquim Barbosa be Brazil’s Next President?

Mr. Barbosa’s standing in the poll is remarkable considering that he has stayed out of public view and still has not said whether he will, in fact, run. “For someone who doesn’t frequent public spaces, doesn’t give interviews, leads a quiet life, it’s pretty good,” Mr. Barbosa said earlier this week when reporters asked about his poll numbers as he walked into a meeting with party leaders in Brasília, the capital. But he cautioned that his candidacy was not a done deal, citing unspecified “personal difficulties.” Eurasia, a consultancy that…

Nicaragua Roiled by Protests Over Social Security Benefits

Videos circulating on social media sites have shown protesters wearing motorcycle helmets for protection throwing rocks and homemade fire bombs at armed riot police officers, who have responded by firing tear gas and rubber bullets. Waves of counterprotesters have also spilled into the streets in support of the government. In Masaya, a bastion of support for Mr. Ortega’s Sandinista movement, government supporters attacked protesters with sticks, Reuters reported. A 29-year-old man was killed on Thursday night near the Polytechnic University of Nicaragua in Managua, the scene of clashes between protesters…