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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.

US Officials Confident Al-Qaida's No. 2 Killed in Pakistan

U.S. officials say they are highly confident that al-Qaida's deputy chief has been killed in Pakistan.

A senior U.S. counterterrorism official told VOA that as head of al-Qaida's daily operations, Atiyah Abd al-Rahman was highly vulnerable. The official said Rahman was responsible for going out and establishing contacts and communicating with al-Qaida operatives.

The Libyan national was reportedly killed on August 22 in a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region. The area is a known refuge for Taliban and al-Qaida-linked militants.

Death Toll From UN Nigeria Bombing Up to 23

The United Nations says the death toll from Friday's bombing of the U.N. headquarters in Nigeria has risen to 23 – and another 81 people were wounded in the attack.

U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro visited some of the wounded Sunday as U.N. and Nigerian officials continue their investigation.

The U.N. security chief said no specific threat had been made against the compound but there had been some general information about an attack.

Witnesses say a suicide bomber forced his car past two security gates to explode inside the sprawling U.N. compound Friday.

Mexican Charged in US Consulate Murders Extradited to US

The U.S. Justice Department says one of the accused killers in the March 2010 killings of three people with ties to the U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico has been extradited to the United States.

U.S. authorities say Miguel Angel Nevarez appeared before a U.S. judge Friday in El Paso, in the southwestern U.S. state of Texas - just across the border from Juarez.

Gunmen Abduct Son of Slain Pakistani Governor

Pakistani authorities have launched a major operation to find the abducted son of a Pakistani governor assassinated earlier this year for opposing the country's controversial blasphemy law.

Witnesses say Shahbaz Taseer was abducted in Lahore's upscale Gulberg area early Friday, when kidnappers intercepted his car and took him away in their vehicle.

No one has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping, but relatives say the Taseer family has been receiving threats from extremist groups.

Deadly Car Bomb Targets UN in Nigerian Capital

A car bombing in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, has leveled part of a U.N. building and killed at least 18 people.

Witnesses say the explosion occurred late Friday morning when a car rammed through two gates and into the U.N. compound.

Former VOA employee Josephine Kamara dropped her husband off for work at the U.N. building shortly before the blast. She described the scene in an interview with VOA.

Death Toll Rises in Mexico Casino Fire

The death toll from Thursday's arson attack on a casino in the northern Mexican city of Monterrey now stands at more than 50 people.

Nuevo Leon Governor Rodrigo Medina told the Televisa network that 53 people were killed in the attack on the Casino Royale. Monterrey is the capital city of Nuevo Leon.

Witnesses say several gunmen burst into the casino and doused the premises with gasoline before setting it on fire. Many of the victims were found inside the casino's bathrooms, where they fled to escape the gunmen.

Bomb Blast Kills 9 in Northwest Pakistan

Pakistani officials say a bomb explosion at a crowded market in the country's northwest has killed at least nine people.

The blast occurred late Thursday in the town of Risalpur in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.

At least 12 people were wounded when the bomb went off as people were shopping for the upcoming Muslim festival of Eid. Police say the bomb was planted on a bicycle.

Officials say the blast damaged several shops and a nearby hotel.

Militants have carried out a number of attacks in Pakistan's northwest despite operations by Pakistan's military in the tribal regions.

Pakistan Denies Reports Kidnapped American Freed

Pakistani officials are denying reports that an American kidnapped from the eastern city of Lahore earlier this month has been rescued.

Police officials and Pakistani media said Thursday that development expert Warren Weinstein had been freed in Punjab province's city of Khushab.

But Lahore's police chief, Ahmed Raza Tahir, later denied reports that Weinstein had been rescued. He said police were conducting raids and making arrests, but that Weinstein had not yet been recovered.

The U.S. Embassy in Pakistan also said it had no information about his release.