9 January 2016

Extradition for Mexican drug lord not likely to be swift

Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is made to face the press as he is escorted to a helicopter in handcuffs by Mexican soldiers and marines at a federal hangar in Mexico City, Mexico, Friday, Jan. 8, 2016. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto announced that Guzman had been recaptured six months after escaping from a maximum security prison.
Mexican marines had barely faced down .50-caliber sniper guns and a loaded grenade launcher to recapture the world's most notorious drug lord when the calls started coming: Extradite Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to the United States. And soon.
Mexico's leaders avoided talk about extradition following Guzman's capture early Friday, but even if they decided to send him to the U.S., the process likely would not be fast. For now, they have sent him back to the Altiplano maximum-security prison from which he escaped in July.

Iranian Princess Ashraf, shah's twin sister, dies at age 96

In this June 20, 1975 file photo, Princess Ashraf Pahlavi of Iran talks with Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim of the United Nations during International Women’s Year Conference in Mexico City. Pahlavi, the twin sister of the country’s deposed shah whose glamorous life epitomized the excesses of her brother’s rule, has died after decades in exile. She was 96. Reza Pahlavi, a son of the shah, announced his aunt’s death in a Facebook post on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016.
Iranian Princess Ashraf Pahlavi, the twin sister of the country's deposed shah whose glamorous life epitomized the excesses of her brother's rule, has died after decades in exile. She was 96.
Many in Iran before the country's 1979 Islamic Revolution believed Princess Ashraf served as the true power behind her brother, Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, and pushed him into taking power in a 1953 coup engineered by the U.S.

Two-time defending champion Wawrinka in Chennai semifinals

Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka plays a shot against Spain's Guillermo Garcia Lopez at Chennai Open tennis tournament in Chennai, India, Jan. 8, 2016. Wawrinka beat Lopez in straight sets 6-4, 6-4.
Stan Wawrinka advanced to the semifinals of the Chennai Open with a 6-4, 6-4 win over fifth-seeded Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain Friday.
The top-seeded Swiss, a two-time defending champion, fired 14 aces to set up a clash with third-seeded Frenchman Benoit Paire.
Paire also served 14 aces as he defeated Thomas Fabbiano of Italy 6-4, 7-5.