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A Moscow police captain was arrested after accepting a $40,000 bribe in a recent crackdown on police corruption, the New York Times reported.

The captain, who was not identified, was arrested after accepting bribes from a car salesman to ignore legal infractions.

A statement, from Moscow police, said that the captain's superiors would also be punished.

The captain was a member of the Interior Ministry, RAPSI News reported.

The crackdown on corruption came after an incident in March where a man died after being sodomized by police.

140 Afghan women poisoned at a girls school

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More than 140 girls and female teachers were hospitalized after drinking poisoned water at their school in the Takhar province of Afghanistan, CNN reported.

Dr. Hafizullah Safi, the provincial health director, said victims ranging from 14 to 30 were taken to a nearby hospital after their school's water tank was poisoned.

Officials are blaming extremists that are working to stop women's education in Afghanistan.

Some victims lost consciousness while others reported feeling dizzy and vomiting.

A few of the women and school girls remain in the hospital in critical condition, The Guardian reported.

Although attacks on women are less common since the 2001 toppling of the Taliban government, periodic attacks on schools still happen.

Many of these attacks happen in the southern half of Afghanistan where conservative ideals still remain common.

Avalanche buries over 100 people in Pakistan

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An avalanche buried as many as 139 people Saturday morning, including around 124 Pakistani soldiers and 11 civilians, CNN reported.

A U.S. team worked Monday to help Pakistani soldiers in a search for the victims near a Himalayan military outpost.

The mountain headquarters has never seen such a disaster during its two decades of existence.

The men were in the main building of the outpost when an avalanche buried them in 70 feet of snow, the Los Angeles Times reported.

So far, no bodies have been recovered and there has been no communication with the soldiers trapped under the snow.

The average winter snowfall around the outpost is around 35 feet and temperatures can reach minus 50 degrees.

At least nine people are dead, including three American soldiers, after a suicide bomber drove his motorcycle into a crowd of troops and detonated the explosives Wednesday, the New York Times reported.

The Taliban has taken responsibility for the attack in Faryab, one of several in recent days targetting Afghan troops.

Some initial reports said that the attack was a roadside bomb, which the police chief of Faryab, Abdul Khaliq Aqsai, denied.

Afghan intelligence officers said that the bomber might have been wearing an Afghan police uniform, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Faryab is believed to house Al Qaeda-linked militant groups but generally is considered a quiet province.

The three American soldiers killed in the attack have not been identified.

The wife of the U.S. soldier accused of killing 17 Afghan civilians defended him in an NBC interview that aired on the Today show Monday, CNN reported.

U.S. officials reported that Staff Sgt. Robert Bales wandered off the base in Afghanistan and killed eight Afghan adult civilians and nine children.

Bales' wife Karilyn said in the interview, "He loves children. He's like a big kid himself. I have no idea what happened, but he would not do that."

She also said that Bales never told her that he sustained a traumatic brain injury until he returned home from his tour in Iraq.

Karilyn Bales has talked to her husband twice since he was detained for the massacre. Her husband called her once shortly after he was detained and once from Fort Leavenworth where he is being held.

The couple has two children, a girl named Quincy and a boy, Bobby.

French gunman vowed to "bring France to its knees"

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Mohammed Merah, the French gunman who killed seven people in south-west France vowed to "bring France to its knees" before he died when police raided the apartment he was hiding in, the New York Daily News reported.

Merah, 24, had apparent connections with terrorist organizations and considered himself a member of the Al Qaeda network.

Merah escaped from prison in Afghanistan where he had been charged with carrying equipment used to make bombs.

News channel BFM TV reported that Merah may also be linked to the extreme Islamist group Forsane Alizza (Knights of Pride), which was banned in France last month.

Merah was killed from a shot to the head when he ran out of his apartment, wildly shooting at officers who had been watching him for days, the Daily Mail reported.

Disguised gunmen kill 27 in Iraq

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Gunmen disguised as an official security force opened fire on police, killing 27 at multiple checkpoints in Haditha, Iraq, CNN reported.

Three of the shooters were killed after a confrontation with police, Khalid Salman, the head of the Haditha local council said.

At least 30 gunmen disguised as security officers arrived in at least 14 SUVs at 2 a.m., carrying warrants for senior police officials.

The attackers managed to flee the town but left one body behind and leaflets warning Iraqi police that they will carry out more attacks.

Experts believe that the attackers were affiliated with Al Qaeda and Sunni militant groups, according to Reuters.

Coordinated attacks on February 23rd killed over 60 people, mainly police forces, in Shi'ite areas.

North Korea stops nuclear activity for aid

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North Korea has agreed to stop nuclear tests, long-range missile launches and enrichment activities at the Yongbyon nuclear facility in exchange for food aid from the United States, CNN reported.

The United States has agreed to ship 240,000 metric tons of nutritional assistance to North Korea in exchange for ceasing nuclear activities.

The aid will be closely monitored to make sure it is going to people in need, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said.

The steps to cease nuclear activities show that North Korea's new leader Kim Jong-un is willing to interact with leaders from the United States, the New York Times reported.

Leaders from the country have agreed to stop activities in the past and have backed out.

The United States will only continue to supply aid if the talks proceed and gain momentum.

44 dead after Mexican prison riot

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A prison riot in northern Mexico resulted in the escape of 30 inmates and 44 were killed, CNN reported.

The director of the prison and 18 guards are under investigation after being removed from their positions, Gov. Rodrigo Medina said.

Top Mexican officials say that guards may have helped members of the Zetas drug cartel escape from prison and kill their rival inmates, the Christian Science Monitor reported.

Authorities are offering a reward of 10 million pesos for information that will lead to the capture of the escaped inmates.

There are only six federal prisons in Mexico and most of them are overcrowded and understaffed, the Christian Science Monitor reported.

The federal prison system in Mexico was built for 185,000 inmates but now is 45,000 over capacity.

Christmas Day 2009 bomber sentenced to life

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The man who brought a bomb onto an airliner on Christmas Day 2009 was sentenced to life in prison Thursday in what officials now call an al Qaeda plot.

Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab argued that life in prison would be "cruel and unusual punishment, ", CNN reported.

On Christmas Day 2009, AbdulMutallab attempted to detonate a bomb on a Northwest Airlines from from Amsterdam.

The bomb failed but enveloped AbdulMutallab in a fireball that spread to the wall and carpeting of the plane.

In a courtroom statement AbdulMutallab said, "I carried with me an explosive device to avenge the killing of innocent Muslims.", CNN reported.

Passengers on the flight spoke at AbdulMutalab's trial and expressed fears about flying, but he showed no remorse, NPR reported.

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