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'Affluenza' teen Ethan Couch, mother captured in Mexico

ethan CouchThe so-called "affluenza" teen who killed four in a drunk driving crash and his mother have been detained in Mexico after the teen skipped a meeting with his probation officer earlier this month.

Ethan Couch, 18, and his mother, Tonya, were being held in the resort town of Puerto Vallarta. Officials have been searching for him since early December when he missed an appointment with his probation officer in a 2013 drunk driving crash that also critically injured two.


Suicide bombing kills 22, wounds 45 in northwestern Pakistan

Pakistan suicide bomb attackA suicide bomber blew himself up outside a government office in a northwestern Pakistani city Tuesday, killing at least 22 people and wounding 45. A breakaway Taliban group quickly claimed responsibility for the attack.

The bombing took place in the city of Mardan, outside the regional office of the National Database and Registration Authority, or NADRA, which issues identity cards to Pakistanis, according to senior police officer Saeed Khan Wazir.


Police officer shoots and kills three colleagues in Puerto Rico

Police officer in PR kills three fellow oficersA police officer in Puerto Rico fatally shot two high-ranking officers and another officer on Monday following an argument at the station where they worked, authorities said.

The unidentified suspect held a female lieutenant, a male commander and a female officer hostage in an office before he killed them, police spokeswoman Mayra Ayala said.


Boko Haram Kills at Least 80 in Nigerian Town

Boko HaramBoko Haram Islamic extremists struck the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri for the first time in months Monday with rocket-propelled grenades and multiple suicide bombers, witnesses said. At least 50 people were killed and the death toll could go higher.

Another twin suicide bombing killed at least 30 people in Madagali, a town 150 kilometers (95 miles) southeast of Maiduguri, witnesses said. Danladi Buba said two women blew themselves up at a market near a busy bus station at about 9 a.m. Brig. Gen. Victor Ezugwu, the officer commanding in northeast Adamawa State, confirmed the attack but said casualties have yet to be established.



Seized documents reveal Islamic State's Department of "War Spoils"

ISIS new departmentsIslamic State has set up departments to handle "war spoils," including slaves, and the exploitation of natural resources such as oil, creating the trappings of government that enable it to manage large swaths of Syria and Iraq and other areas.

The hierarchical bureaucracy, including petty rivalries between officials, and legal codes in the form of religious fatwas are detailed in a cache of documents seized by U.S. Special Operations Forces in a May raid in Syria that killed top IS financial official Abu Sayyaf. Reuters has reviewed some of the documents.


Bombs in Syria's Homs kill 32, wound 90: monitoring group

Syria bombs kill 32At least 32 people were killed and 90 wounded in two bomb explosions in the Syrian city of Homs on Monday, monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The blasts, one from a car bomb and another from a suicide attack, struck the Zahra district in the middle of the city, said the Britain-based Observatory, which monitors the conflict through a network of contacts on the ground.


Head of Israeli missile defense program fired over security breach

head of missile defense in israel firedThe prize-winning, highly respected head of Israel’s burgeoning missile defense program was booted from his post amid allegations that he improperly maintained state secrets, the Defense Ministry said Sunday.

Yair Ramati, who was responsible for developing Israel’s Iron Dome, David’s Sling and Arrow missile defense systems, committed “severe information security violations,” according to the ministry. “Going further, the case will be handled by the relevant authorities.”


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