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Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff dismissed a number of senior officials accused of involvement in the latest corruption scandal to hit the government. Officials have been accused of influence peddling, fraud and corruption. Six people have been arrested so far. Honduran authorities seized $100 million in assets when they broke up an alleged gang of drug producers. Agents carried out raids at 24 sites and arrested a police officer, a civilian and two Colombian pilots. Pope Benedict appointed six cardinals on Saturday, including Archbishop Ruben Salazar Gomez of Bogota, Colombia. Many believe the pope chose only non-European cardinals to add diversity and silence critics who accused him of European bias. And Mexican President Felipe Calderon sent a bill to Congress to change the official name of Mexico. Since 2003, Calderon has been trying to change the country’s official name from “The United Mexican States” to “Mexico.”