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Pakistanis Demand Release of Governor’s Killer

Demonstrators are holding rallies throughout Pakistan to demand the release of a police officer who killed a liberal governor.

An anti-terrorism court last week sentenced Mumtaz Qadri to death for killing Punjab province's Governor Salman Taseer earlier this year.

Qadri, who was a member of the governor's security team, said he objected to Taseer's calls to amend Pakistan's blasphemy laws.

On Friday, hundreds of people gathered in Islamabad and other major cities, shouting slogans in support of Qadri.

The police officer's lawyers say their client will appeal the guilty verdict.

Police Discover New Massacre in Violence-Plagued Coastal Mexico

The Mexican navy says 32 bodies have been discovered in the eastern state of Veracruz, where dozens of bodies were dumped on a road in broad daylight just last month.

The bodies were found Thursday in three houses in the Gulf coast seaport, which has become the latest focal point of the country's brutally violent drug war.

Authorities suspect the violent Zetas drug cartel is responsible for last month's discovery of 35 bodies that were found littered on a main avenue in Veracruz.

President Felipe Calderon has deployed federal police and security forces to Veracruz.

Pakistani Doctor Involved in Bin Laden Raid Accused of Treason

A Pakistani doctor who allegedly helped the United States in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden is being accused of treason.

A Pakistani commission said Thursday that the government should file conspiracy and high treason charges against Shakeel Afridi.

Afridi is accused of running a fake vaccination campaign to help U.S. intelligence obtain DNA samples of bin Laden and his family.

U.S. special forces killed the al-Qaida leader during a May 2 covert operation in the garrison Pakistani town of Abbottabad.

Pakistan Arrests 70 Over Sectarian Attacks

Police in Pakistan have detained more than 70 people in connection with a recent spate of sectarian violence in southwestern Baluchistan province.

Officials say the arrests were made during a series of raids early Wednesday morning, across the regional capital, Quetta, where Shi'ite Muslims have recently come under increased attacks.

On Tuesday, gunmen attacked a bus carrying Shi'ite Muslims, mostly from the ethnic Hazara community, killing at least 13 people.

Former Mexican Wrestler Held in Deadly Casino Fire

Mexican police have arrested four alleged members of the Zetas drug cartel in connection with the August casino fire that killed 52 people.

Among those arrested Tuesday was former wrestler Jose Alberto Loera, known as "El Voltaje" or "Voltage". Police also confiscated drugs and weapons.

Last week authorities arrested the suspected mastermind of the attack, Roberto Carlos Lopez Castro.

The Casino Royale fire is one of the deadliest attacks in the Mexican drug war. Gunmen poured gasoline and set the casino ablaze.

The Mexican drug war has resulted in more than 40,000 deaths.

Afghan Authorities Foil Alleged Karzai Assassination Plot

Afghan officials say authorities have foiled an alleged plot to assassinate President Hamid Karzai.

Afghanistan's intelligence agency said Wednesday they arrested six suspects, including some who allegedly receiving training in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal region.

National Directorate of Security spokesman Lutfullah Mashal says a "dangerous and educated group" including teachers and students with ties to al-Qaida and the al-Qaida-linked Haqqani network was behind the plot. He added the group was able to recruit one of President Karzai's bodyguards.

Deadly Bombing in Mogadishu Marks Return of Al-Shabab

The Somali militant group al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for a suicide bomb attack in Mogadishu that killed at least 60 people.

Witnesses told VOA's Somali service that two suicide bombers drove a truck into a compound housing Somali government offices. Officials say most of the victims were students who had come to the Ministry of Education to learn the results of exams to study abroad.

The al-Qaida-linked militant group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the bombing.

Gunmen Attack Shi'ite Muslims in Pakistan, 13 Killed

Gunmen have attacked a bus carrying Shi'ite Muslims in southwest Pakistan, killing at least 13 people in the second such attack in two weeks.

Police say four attackers on motorcycles ambushed the bus early Tuesday on the outskirts of Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province. Gunmen lined the passengers up and opened fire on them.

Authorities say at least 12 Shi'ite Muslims, mostly from the Hazara ethnic community, were killed. One Sunni Muslim was also killed and at least six people were wounded.

No one claimed responsibility for the latest attack on Shi'ite Muslims.

Artillery Shelling Kills 2 in Yemeni Capital

Yemeni medical officials say artillery shells have slammed into a market in the capital, Sana'a, killing two civilians and wounding at least one other person.

It was not clear who fired the shells at the market on Sana'a's Hayel street on Tuesday. The area has been the scene of fighting in recent weeks between government troops and the forces of rebel General Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar.