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Mexico's Attorney General Resigns

Mexican Attorney General Arturo Chavez Chavez has resigned.

President Felipe Calderon announced Chavez's resignation Thursday, but gave no reason for the decision.

Chavez had faced criticism from women's groups that said he did little to prevent or solve rapes and murders of hundreds of women while he served as attorney general of the state of Chihuahua.

President Calderon has nominated Marisela Morales to replace Chavez. The nomination must be approved by the Mexican Senate. If approved, she would be the first woman in the job.

Mass Grave Becomes Zimbabwe Propaganda Tool

A mass grave in Zimbabwe has become a propaganda tool for President Robert Mugabe as he seeks a new election to end the country's tense power-sharing government.

The pro-Mugabe state media has given saturation coverage to the discovery of nearly 1,000 bodies in an abandoned mine shaft. The Monkey William mine is located near Mount Darwin, about 150 kilometers northeast of the capital, Harare.

Mr. Mugabe's ZANU-PF party says the dead are liberation fighters killed by white colonial troops more than 30 years ago in what was then Rhodesia.

Medvedev Orders Security Forces to Crush Militants

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is ordering his security forces to crush Islamic insurgents in the Caucasus, saying their criminal activities must be wiped out.

The president met with security officials Tuesday as Russian authorities announced that airstrikes and an attack on a rebel base in Ingushetia killed 17 militants Monday.

The authorities say Chechen rebel leader Doku Umarov, who has been charged in the January Moscow airport suicide bombing, may be among the dead. Officials are carrying out DNA tests for confirmation.

Friendly Fire Claims Lives of 13 Pakistani Troops

Pakistani military officials say friendly fire killed 13 paramilitary troops in the country's northwest as they were battling a militant ambush.

The officials said the attack took place late Monday in the Khyber tribal region along the Afghan border, and that the dead included a colonel and a captain in the Frontier Corps.

A top military commander said Tuesday the troops were killed by their own mortar.

Khyber lies on the main NATO land supply route through Pakistan into Afghanistan and is a home to several extremist groups, including the Pakistani Taliban.

Russia Accuses Chechen Militants of Airport Bombing

Russia's Investigative Committee has announced it will prosecute at least two suspected terrorists for the bombing of the Domodedovo airport in January, killing 37 people.

Spokesman Vladimir Markin told reporters Tuesday that investigators have decided to bring charges against Chechen militant leaders Doku Umarov and Aslan Byutukayev.

Umarov has previously claimed responsibility for the bombing in a video posted online. He has also claimed to be behind the bombing of a Moscow subway train a year ago.

Pirates Capture Kuwaiti Oil Tanker

Pirates are reported to have seized a Kuwaiti-owned oil tanker in the eastern Gulf of Aden.

U.S. Navy Disrupts Pirate Attempt In Arabian Sea

U.S. Naval forces disrupted a pirate attack on M/V Falcon Trader II, a Philippine-flagged merchant vessel, after it reported it had been attacked by pirates March 24.

All 20 Filipino crew members of the Falcon Trader II are safe and in control of the vessel.

Gunmen Kill 13, Kidnap Dozens in Pakistan

Pakistani officials say gunmen have opened fire on vehicles carrying Shi'ite Muslims in the country's restive northwest, killing 13 people.

Police are blaming Taliban-linked militants.

Authorities say dozens of others were kidnapped during Friday's attack in the Bagan area of the Kurram tribal region, near the Afghan border.

Officials say the vehicles were traveling on the main road that connects Kurram's main town, Parachinar, with Peshawar, the capital of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, when they were ambushed.

Suicide Bomber Targets Pakistani Police

Police say at least five people have been killed in a suicide car bombing outside a police station in northwest Pakistan.

Authorities said the bomber detonated his explosives-laden vehicle in the town of Doaba in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province. The dead included a police officer. More than 25 people were wounded in the attack.

The explosion destroyed part of the police station and damaged several surrounding houses. Police say the bomber was unable to directly strike the police station, because of security barriers outside the building.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.