Around The World

MEXICO CITY

Mexican immigration officials say five gunmen on motorcycles brazenly attacked a government vehicle transporting 25 immigrants and a suspected human trafficker, helping the smuggler and migrants to escape.

A Tuesday statement from Mexico’s National Immigration Institute says agents had detained the migrants from unspecified countries as well as their smuggler after a brief chase in the southern state of Oaxaca on Monday.

Later, as immigration agents transported those detained, five people on motorcycles attacked the vehicle with gunfire. Two agents were wounded — one by a bullet and another hit on the head with the butt of a pistol.

LIMA, Peru

A woman accused of being a witch was burned alive on a bonfire in an indigenous community in a remote part of the country’s Amazon rainforest, authorities said Tuesday.

Prosecutor Hugo Mauricio said members of the Shiringamazu Alto community sentenced 73-year-old Rosa Villar Jarionca to death over claims she made people sick through witchcraft. The alleged burning took place Sept. 20, but the area is so remote that word of it did not reach authorities until recently.

Mauricio said a cellphone video shot by a witness and given to prosecutors appeared to show Villar with her hands tied amid a pile of dry logs and branches.

LONDON

As investors and investigators weigh the damage of Yahoo’s massive breach to the internet icon, information security experts worry that the record-breaking haul of password data could be used to open locks up and down the web.

While it’s unknown to what extent the stolen data has been or will be circulating — or how easy it would be to use if it were — giant breaches can send ripples of insecurity across the internet.

"Data breaches on the scale of Yahoo are the security equivalent of ecological disasters," said Matt Blaze, a security researcher who directs the Distributed Systems Lab at the University of Pennsylvania, in a message posted to Twitter.

BRIEFLY ...

• CANBERRA, Australia — A majority of Australians support gay marriage, an opinion poll on Wednesday showed, but they do not back the government’s plan to hold a national vote on whether it should be allowed.

• UNITED NATIONS — The Sudanese government continues to violate sanctions imposed by the Security Council over their actions in Darfur, according to a U.N. report. The report, written by a panel of experts and seen by The Associated Press on Tuesday, found violations of the arms embargo, the use of cluster bombs by the Sudanese government and the illegal transfer of intrusion software with electronic intelligence capability among other things.

• PANAMA CITY — Panama has formally asked the United States to extradite former President Ricardo Martinelli in connection with a phone-tapping controversy, the country’s foreign ministry said Tuesday.

• UNITED NATIONS — Women leaders from 38 countries urged U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday to fulfill a promise he made in 2007 to start a peace process that would turn the armistice that ended the Korean war into a peace treaty before his term ends on Dec. 31.

Compiled from wire reports