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State Police Officer Arrested in Deadly Mexico Casino Fire

Mexican authorities have arrested a state police officer in connection with last week's casino arson fire in Monterrey that killed 52 people.

The Associated Press reports a surveillance video shows the officer in a vehicle outside the upscale Casino Royale. Few other details were immediately released.

Authorities arrested five other suspects, believed to be members of the Zetas drug cartel, on Monday.

Investigators have not given a motive for the killings, but they are exploring whether drugs or an extortion plot are behind the attack.

2 Journalists Murdered in Mexico City

Mexican authorities say two female journalists were found murdered south of Mexico City Thursday.

They say the women's bodies were found in a park in Iztapalapa, south of the capital.

One victim is Ana Maria Marcela Yarce Viveros, founder of investigative magazine Contralinea.

The second, is Rocio Gonzalez, who used to work for broadcaster Televisa.

Reuters news agency says a Contralinea spokesman says both women were naked with their hands and feet tied.

Authorities believe they were strangled, but the exact cause of death has not been released.

Four Killed in Russia’s North Caucasus

Russian authorities say at least four people have been killed in a series of bombings and shootings across the country's restive North Caucasus region.

In Dagestan, an officer with Russia's Federal Security Service was killed Thursday when a bomb blew up his car in the town of Khasavyurt. At least three female family members, who were travelling with him at the time, were wounded in the blast.

Elsewhere, a spokesman for the regional Interior Ministry says a senior police officer was killed in the republic of Kabardino-Balkaria, after unidentified gunmen attacked his car late Wednesday.

Gunmen Kill 7 Shi’ite Muslims in NW Pakistan

Authorities in Pakistan say gunmen have killed seven Shi'ite Muslims in the country's northwest tribal region.

The victims, including several members of a family, were traveling in the Kurram tribal agency Thursday when their vehicle was ambushed.

While no one has claimed responsibility for the attack, local officials say they suspect it was a sectarian attack targeting Pakistan's Shi'ite minority.

Kosovar Admits Killing 2 US Airmen During Trial for German Attack

A 21-year old man from Kosovo went on trial in Frankfurt, Germany, Wednesday and confessed to killing two U.S. Air Force personnel and wounding two others earlier this year.

Arid Uka admitted his guilt and apologized on the opening day of his trial, saying he had been influenced by Islamist propaganda. He added that he could not understand how he could have acted that way.

German prosecutors charged Uka with two counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder for the March 2 attack at Frankfurt airport.

Nigeria: al-Qaida-Linked Man Involved in UN Bombing

Nigerian authorities say a man with links to al-Qaida helped orchestrate last week's attack on the U.N. headquarters in Abuja that killed 23 people.

Nigeria's State Security Service said Wednesday that Mamman Nur, a member of the radical Islamist sect Boko Haram, masterminded the bombing while working "in concert" with two other suspects who have been arrested.

The statement said Nur had recently returned from Somalia, where al-Qaida is active assisting the insurgent group al-Shabab.

Mexico Hunts More Suspects in Monterrey Casino Arson Attack

Mexican authorities are seeking seven more suspects in an arson attack that left 52 people dead at a casino in the northern state of Nuevo Leon.

Officials said they are seeking additional suspects on Tuesday, as five people already in custody were presented to the news media. Authorities say the five are alleged members of the Zetas drug cartel and have confessed to involvement in the attack at the Casino Royale in the state capital, Monterrey.

Nuevo Leon state prosecutor Adrian de la Garza says as many as 12 people were involved in the daytime attack.

Mass Grave Found in Northern Mexico

Authorities in Mexico announced Monday a mass grave containing seven bodies was located near the northern Mexican town of Guachochi, in Chihuahua.

The state prosecutor said the grave was located late Friday. The victims include six men and one woman.

All seven victims' hands were bound behind their backs. Authorities say six of the deceased had been strangled, and the other had been shot in the head.

Officials say the victims had all been reported as missing earlier this month. An investigation into the deaths is under way.

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Mexican Police Arrest 5 in Casino Arson Attack

A Mexican official says police have arrested five suspects in an arson attack on a casino in northern Mexico that killed 52 people last week.

Nuevo Leon state Governor Rodrigo Medina said Monday the five suspects are thought to be members of the Zetas drug cartel, one of the most violent in Mexico. He said security forces also are looking for other people involved in the arson attack on the Casino Royale in the city of Monterrey.

A group of assailants carrying a flammable liquid burst into the building last Thursday and set it on fire.