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177 bodies found in massive graves in Mexico

In the past few days, police have discovered dozens of mass graves filled with victims of drug cartels in San Fernando, Mexico.

Police have discovered a total of 177 victims in the graves, most of which were likely killed at the hands of the Zetas cartel, a major and vicious Mexican gang, authorities told the Financial Times.

Most of the victims had blunt force trauma to the head, while a sledgehammer that was found at the crime scene this month was likely used in the executions, Mexican investigators and state officials told the Washington Post.

Over 35,000 people have been killed in the past four years since the government's began it's battle with Mexico's organized crime, which America has supported with $1.6 billion.

Authorities have arrested 76 suspects, including the possible local Zeta boss Martin "El Kilo" Estrada, who authorities have attributed as the mastermind behind the killings.

Mexican town faces sewage flood

A sewage water canal breach flooded about 200 Mexican homes with raw sewage on Sunday.

The colony of San Isrido and La Providencia's wall of the Canal De La Compania had a 30-meter long crack in it, CNN reported.

The crack allowed about 1.5 million gallons of wastewater to flow out of the canal and into the residential areas, in a UPI story.

There have been no reported fatalities, but three minors were injured. One was injured when he tried fleeing his flooding house while two others were sent to the hospital with hypothermia, said the local fire department.

Heavy overnight rains likely caused the crack, and authorities claimed the situation could be controlled by Sunday night, with the highway remaining closed until sometime on Monday.

Northern Ireland police diffuse large bomb

Northern Ireland police diffused a wheelie bin filled with 500 pounds of explosives on Saturday.

The bomb was in an underpass outside Newry in a blue Ford transit van.

Politicians said that the bomb could have had a similar impact as the Omagh bombing in August 1998, where 29 people were killed and 220 were injured, in a Herald Scotland story.

Police said that the attempted attack was likely by the dissident republicans, who are ones who wanted Northern Ireland to be Irish rather than British, and who do not accept the 1998 peace deal that ended decades of violence, according to CNN.

The dissident republicans were also blamed for the April 2 killing of a police officer with a booby-trap bomb in Omagh.

Bombing in Pakistan kills 42

Two Taliban suicide bombers killed 42 in a central Pakistan shrine on Sunday, adding to a series of attacks on places of worship by those opposed to sects.

Over a thousand people people gathered at Sakhi Sarwar, a Sufi shrine in a village outside Dera Ghazi Khan for the 942nd anniversary of the death of Sarwar when the bombers detonated their explosive-filled suicide vests.

Sufi shrines have been known for being attacked by militant groups because they view that version of islam equivalent to heresy, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Another bomber, who was wounded when his vest only partially exploded, was arrested along with a fourth militant who was preeminently seized, the Associated Press reported.

At least 80 people were injured in the attack, with 30 of them being in critical condition.

The last three years have seen hundreds of attacks in Pakistan by foreign Islamist militants, who have attacked government buildings, hotels, embassies, religious minorities, and sects similar to Sufi.

Two Reuters journalists reported missing in Syria

Two Reuters television journalists have been missing in Syria since Saturday, when they were expected to return to Lebanon.

Beirut-based producer Ayat Basma and cameraman Ezzat Baltaji were expected to arrive at Lebanon Saturday night to be picked up by a taxi, but they never arrived, Reuters reported.

They were last heard on Saturday night at 5:22 p.m. GMT, when Baltaji sent a phone message to a Beirut colleague saying, "We will leave now."

They traveled to Syria on Thursday to report on the country's unrest after the ongoing protestests, CNN said.

Reuters Editor-in-Chief Stephen Adler said in a Reuters report, "Reuters is deeply concerned about our two Reuters television colleagues who went missing in Syria on Saturday. We have reached out to the relevant authorities in Syria and have asked for their help in securing our colleagues' safe return home."

Japan Earthquake may cause nuclear meltdown

The crew of a nuclear power plant in Japan resorted to flooding the nuclear reactor with sea water to prevent a core meltdown on Saturday after Friday's earthquake.

The earthquake was the most powerful in Japan's recorded history has killed 686 people, though the government says it could likely reach over 1,000, the Associated Press said.

Saturday night, three patients at a hospital tested positive for radiation exposure, in a CNN report.

If the workers fail to cool the nuclear reactor fuel completely, the plant could see enormous damage and radiation could be released into the atmosphere, although experts are saying failure to cool the reactor would be unlikely.

The 8.9 magnitude earthquake caused a tsunami and an explosion at the nuclear plant within a span of 36 hours.

Further rebellion in Libya, not likely to end easily

The opposition to Gadhafi's troops claimed a victory in Libya on Sunday, maintaining of Mistrata, eyewitnesses told CNN.

42 people were killed in the battle, 17 of them from the opposition and one as victim as young as 3 years old.

The death toll in Libya could range anywhere from 1,000 to 2,000 deaths since the uprising that began on February 15.

The revolt has blocked about 60 percent of Libya's 1.6 million bdp oil output, the International Energy Agency told Reuters.

Almost 200,000 people have fled Libya, with most fleeing to Tunisia and Egypt.

Benjamin Barber, a fellow at the New York-based Demos think tanks, thinks that the violence is unlikely to end even after a Gadhafi ousting.

Libyan rebels receive more support

Libyan protestors opposing the regime of Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi have received help from security forces in Zawiya, Libya, CNN reports.

Zawiya, a town close to the capitol, has seen security forces switch sides in support of the opposition as Gadhafi has shown no sign of backing down.

An estimated 100,000 people have left Libya in wake of Gadhafi's regime that may have possibly killed up to 1,000 people as a result of the protests.

The US has issued a no-fly zone over eastern Libya to prevent airstrikes by the regime, along with Britain and the U.N. Security Council imposing sanctions on Libya over the weekend, according to USA Today.

Gadhafi's son has announced that Gadhafi has denied President Barack Obama's call for Gadhafi to step down, leaving the future of Libya still uncertain.

Protests in Libya lead to high death toll

Libyan security forces killed another 25 people during a funeral procession in Benghazi on Sunday, making the death toll reach a total of 209, CNN reported.

The funeral procession was a mourning for those killed on Saturday from the protests.

The killings were the result of the conflict between Libya's Moammar Gadhafi and Libyan protesters calling for the end of Gadhafi's over 40 year rule, in a Star Tribune story.

Saif al-Islam Gadhafi, Gadhafi's son, gave a speech Sunday night in the wake of the clashes forewarning a civil war, in a Star Tribune update.

Many national governments have voiced their opinions, criticizing Gadhafi's use of violence in response to the peaceful protests.

Updates on Saif al-Islam Gadhafi's speech are expected to continue.

Meeting between North and South Korea ends abruptly

North and South Korean military officials ended their two-day meeting on Wednesday without agreeing to a higher-level discussion.

The meeting allegedly collapsed after North Korea walked out and did not take responsibility for its previous actions, such as sinking one of South Korea's patrol ships last March and attacking one of their islands last November, in a Voice of America News story.

Though North Korean officials blamed South Korea for halting discussion because South Korea focused too much on the attacks, which North Korea refuses to acknowledge, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The U.S. government was watching for the discussion for the possibility of reaching diplomacy with Pyongyang, but it turned out to be a missed opportunity.

Although the U.S. still remains optimistic, citing the notion that North and South Korea will need to have more discussions if they want to have a more open dialogue.

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