Chilean diplomat killed in Syrian capital

Chile's consul in the Syrian capital of Damascus was found dead at his home on Monday, the victim "of a criminal act," the Foreign Ministry said. A brief communique from the ministry did not provide details about the death of Hector Faundez, but said "Syrian authorities have vowed to diligently investigate the facts to determine the circumstances under which his death occurred." The diplomat's body will be brought back to Chile for burial, the communique said.