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Indonesia on "highest alert"

Indonesia is on high alert for Easter after a bomb was found near a church in a Jakarta suburb, CNN reported.

Djoko Suyanto, chief security minister, said the bomb was found after weeks of militant attacks, according to Reuters.

Nineteen suspects were arrested in connection with the bomb incident.

The predominantly Muslim country is increasing security around tourist destinations and places of worship.

Mubarak hospitalized with heart problems

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was hospitalized for heart problems Tuesday while being investigated for allegations of corruption and use of violence on protestors, Yahoo News reported.

According to CNN, Mubarak was admitted to the hospital after telling his doctor he did not feel well.

Mubarak's condition was stable, not critical, according to a military source.

His wife and son stayed with him in the hospital, where the questioning for the investigation continued.

Mubarak went to Sharm el-Sheikh International Hospital.

Israel offers cease-fire to Palestinians

Israel will stop attacks on Gaza if Palestinians stop attacks on southern Israel, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Sunday, CNN reported.

Palestinians fired three mortar rounds on southern Israel Sunday, according to Fox News.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said if the attacks from Palestinians continue, the response will be "very harsh."

Neither side shows interest in escalating the situation.

There were no reported injuries from the mortar rounds, however electricity was disrupted in some areas.

Japan struggles to contain radioactive water

Workers at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant are struggling to keep radioactive water from getting into the ocean while trying to keep reactors cool, CNN reported.

Toxic plutonium is seeping into soil outside Japan's zone of damage, officials confirmed Tuesday, the Pioneer Press reported.

Officials said that the leaked plutonium is not an immediate threat to public health.

Tons of water have been used to keep the plant's radioactive fuel cool. The plant is now running out of space to store the contaminated water.

Workers are using sandbags and concrete panels to contain the water.

Smoke billows from two reactors at Japanese nuclear plant

Smoke billowed out of two reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant Monday despite a strong effort to reduce the amount of radioactive materials being released, according to CNN.

Workers evacuated the area after white smoke was spewing from No. 2 reactor and gray smoke from the No. 3 reactor, the National Journal reported.

The No. 3 reactor has been safety officials main concern while trying to reduce the possibility of a meltdown.

No. 3 contains plutonium mixed with uranium in its fuel rods, which experts say could be more harmful than just regular uranium in the event of a meltdown.

There has been no evidence of an explosion, a rise in the radioactive levels, or injury to anyone around the reactor, according to authorities.

Missing U.S. student found in Spain, dead

Police found the body of a California exchange student in the Manzanares River in Madrid on Tuesday, the New York Times reports.

Austin Taylor Bice, 22, went missing 10 days earlier after a night out with friends, according to CNN.

An initial visual exam of the body shows no signs of violence or foul play, authorities said.

Bice, who went to San Diego University, went missing February 26, after leaving a discotheque alone and telling his friends he was heading home.

There will be an autopsy of the body.

U.S. reviewing military options on Libya

Pentagon officials suggested that U.S. military force is unlikely to happen in Libya, the Star Tribune reported.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the administration and allies were discussing a no-fly zone over Libya, according to the New York Times.

The United States froze $30 million in the country's assets while figuring out what move to make.

Clinton said that the U.S. is sending to teams of aid workers and that the administration has $10 million ready for emergency relief.

American involved in Pakistan shootings was CIA worker

The man accused of killing to Pakistani men is apparently a CIA contractor working to protect members of the CIA, CNN reported.

Raymond Davis was part of a CIA led team collecting intelligence and observing militant groups in the country, according to U.S. government officials Monday, the New York Times reported.

American officials described the shootings as a "botched robbery attempt."

Davis was put in jail January 27 after the two shootings occurred.

Pakistan wants Davis tried in a the Pakistan court system.

Egypt to rewrite constitution

Egypt's military has initiated a 10-day plan to rewrite the constitution and return control to civilians, the New York Times reported.

After the reformations to the constitution are created, a referendum will be held about the plan within two months, CNN said.

The military council plans to give control back to the civilians in about six months.

One clause that restricted who can run for president will be removed from the constitution, according to the New York Times.

Military officials say they do not want to lead the country and that a civilian ruled Egypt is the best option, CNN reported.

Fire hits Rio's carnival district

A fire destroyed a large portion of Rio de Janeiro known as Samba City on Monday, New York Times reported.

Samba City is where decorations, floats, costumes and other creations are made for the city's carnival parade, according to CNN.

The fire spread to several of the warehouses in the area, which were filled with flammable materials used in the parade.

There were no materials left in the destroyed warehouses and at least six of the floats were lost in the fire.

The source of the fire is yet to be found.

Schools and organizations of the city invest millions of dollars in the parade since it's a sacred ritual for many Rio citizens.

U.S. hikers head to Iran to stand trial Sunday

Three Americans were arrested while hiking in Iran last July, according to BBC News.

Iranian government accused Sarah Shourd and two American men of being spies, not just hikers, CNN reported.

Tehran has charged the hikers with spying and have scheduled a trial for Sunday, BBC News reported.

The three Americans were hiking along the border of Iraq and accidentally strayed, which is causing much trouble.

The hikers said they did not mean to cross the border.

Moscow airport bomber identified

Moscow's Domodedovo Airport suffered a major loss when a suicide bomber attacked, killing 35 people and injuring 93 Monday, CNN reported.

The explosion occurred at the international entrance hall of the airport.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev labeled this as a terrorist attack and didn't hesitate to order extra security at transportation sites across the country.

Authorities have identified a man, 20, of the North Caucasus region as the suicide bomber Saturday, according to The New York Times.

The name of the attacker has not been released since authorities are still investigating the case and possible accomplices.

Violent activists of the Northern Caucasus area have changed their military tactics, focusing on killing civilians, along with police and other officials.

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