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South Korea cites torpedo attack in ship sinking

An explosion at close range, and not a direct hit, caused the South Korean patrol ship Cheonan to sink last month, a team of South Korean military and civilian investigators has tentatively concluded.
Instead of being directly hit by a torpedo or other underwater weapon, the Cheonan was affected by a strong explosion that occurred below its bottom at a close range, according to the New York Times.
On Saturday, recovery crews found the body of a missing sailor in the wreckage of the ship, according to CNN.
Forty of Cheonan's 104 crew members have now been confirmed dead, and six more are also believed dead, though they are still listed as missing.

Polish President and wife laid to rest

Poland's first couple was laid to rest Sunday, marking the end of a long journey of grief for the European nation.
The bodies of President Lech Kaczynski and his wife were taken along the historic "royal route" from St. Mary's Basilica to Wawel Castle after the funeral Mass, according to CNN.
Tens of thousands of Poles lined the streets and tossed flowers, saying goodbye to their president, according to Fox News.
Other world leaders including President Obama, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel were forced to cancel plans to attend.

President's body returns home to Poland

The body of President Lech Kaczynski was returned to Poland on Sunday, after a tragic plane crash took his life.
The plane carrying Kaczynski's body arrived from the airport in Smolensk, Russia, where he and 95 others had been heading Saturday to a memorial service, according to The New York Times.
Thousands of people stood silent in the streets to mourn Kaczynski and the dozens of political, military and religious leaders killed in the plane crash, according to Fox News.
No date for a funeral has been set.

3 deadly blasts rock Baghdad

Suicide attackers detonated three car bombs near embassies in Baghdad on Sunday, killing at least 42 people and wounding more than 200 in back-to-back bombings, authorities said.
The bombings came two days after an execution-style attack by gunman, who raided homes south of Baghdad, killing 24 people, according to The New York Times.
Sunday's blasts went off within minutes of each other, one near the Iranian Embassy and two others in an area that houses several embassies, according to Fox News.
The force of the blasts shook buildings and rattled windows miles away.

321 civilians killed in 2009 massacre in Congo

At least 321 civilians were killed in a previously unreported massacre in Congo in late 2009.
New York-based Human Rights Watch said in its report released Saturday that at least 250 more people were taken by the Lord's Resistance Army rebels during the attack in the Makombo area of northeastern Congo, including no less than 80 children, according to Fox News.
The majority of those killed were men who were tied up, before being hacked to death with machetes, according to MSNBC.
The Lord's Resistance Army is considered one of Africa's most brutal rebel armies, and its leaders are the subject of an International Criminal Court arrest warrant.

Strong earthquake rattles buildings in Japan

A 6.6 magnitude earthquake hit off the eastern coast of Japan on Sunday rattling buildings in Tokyo.
There was no report of casualties, only light damage in the nation's capital, according to MSNBC.
The quake hit at 5:08 p.m. and was felt most strongly in central Fukushima prefecture about 130 miles (210 kilometers) northeast of Tokyo, according to The New York Times.
The government said there was no danger of a tsunami, but that ocean levels may be unusually high for a while.

Armed group storms poker game, runs away with jackpot

A heavily armed group stormed a poker tournament in a luxury hotel in
Berlin Saturday afternoon, and made off with the jackpot, police said.
Several participants involved in the tournament suffered minor injuries when they panicked and fled after the heist, according to Fox News.
Four robbers in disguises forced employees to hand over money, and then managed to escape, according to The New York Times.
It's unknown how much money the robbers got away with, police said.

Death toll rising after Chile earthquake

At least 214 people have been killed in an 8.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Chile early Saturday morning.
The earthquake was one of the strongest ever recorded, and may have devastating effects on the pacific region, according to MSNBC.
Electricity, water, and phone lines were cut across most of the country, leaving no immediate word of death or damage from the area.
The quake also unleashed a tsunami across the pacific, which may threaten countries such as Japan, according to Fox News.

Darfur rebels sign truce deal with Sudan

Darfur's most powerful rebel group has initiated a truce with the Sudanese government Saturday, officials said.
The truce between the rebel Justice and Equality Movement and the Sudanese government takes effect immediately, according to Fox News.
Justice and Equality spokesman Ahmed Hussein said the deal initiated Saturday is the framework for future peace talks, including the negotiation of an indefinite cease-fire, according to The New York Times.
Sudan's government has agreed to numerous cease-fires over several years, but some have fallen short only days after signing. Distrust between the two parties still remains deep.

8 killed in bomb blast in India bakery

A bomb blast ripped through a crowded bakery Saturday, killing at least 8 people close to a meditation center frequented by foreigners.
The blast threatens to create new tension between India and Pakistan, with Hindu nationalist leaders blaming the act on their Muslim neighbor according to Fox News.
The building and nearby shops were badly damaged, according to The New York Times.
One foreigner was among those killed and another was injured. Their nationalities were unknown.
The blast came at a time when Pakistani-Indian ties seemed to be warming.

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