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Kosovo prosecutor suspects some killed for organs

EU prosecutor: "compelling indications" that up to 10 killed in organ harvesting in Kosovo War
Raf Casert, The Associated Press

BRUSSELS - A special European Union prosecutor said Tuesday he had "compelling indications" that up to ten captives were killed to have their organs harvested for illegal trafficking and black market sale during the 1998-99 Kosovo war.

Teams converge on remote site to probe plane crash

Investigators, soldiers converge on desolate Air Algerie crash site in Mali; black box found
Elaine Ganley And Sylvie Corbet, The Associated Press

PARIS - Aviation experts, criminal investigators and soldiers began converging Friday on an isolated patch of restive Mali to search for clues that might explain why an Air Algerie jetliner fell from the sky in a storm and apparently disintegrated on impact.

French authorities said the catastrophe was probably the result of extreme bad weather, but they refused to exclude other possibilities, like terrorism, without a full investigation. All 118 people aboard the plane were killed.

Nazi war suspect, 89, dies as extradition OK'd

Nazi war crimes suspect, 89, dies hours before US judge grants extradition to Germany
The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA - An 89-year-old Nazi war crimes suspect died in custody hours before a U.S. ruling Wednesday that he should be extradited to Germany to face trial.

Johann Breyer died Tuesday night at a Philadelphia hospital, where he had been transferred Saturday after a month in jail, his lawyer and the U.S. Marshals Service said. His death was disclosed Wednesday just as U.S. Magistrate Timothy Rice approved the extradition request, which would have needed final U.S. government review.

New arrest linked to gun used after Boston attacks

AP sources: New arrest is linked to gun used to kill officer after Boston Marathon attack
Denise Lavoie, The Associated Press

BOSTON - A friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is believed to have provided the handgun used to kill a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer during the manhunt, people with knowledge of the investigation said Tuesday.

Police probing switch of flags on Brooklyn Bridge

Police investigating how 2 American flags were replaced with white flags atop Brooklyn Bridge
The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Police are searching for four or five people they believe scaled to the top of the Brooklyn Bridge's two towers in the dead of night, disabled lights illuminating two large American flags and then replaced the flags with bleached-white ones.

Lax security at crash site hampers investigations

Lax security, slipshod collection spark fear of evidence contamination at Ukraine crash site
Mike Corder And Lucian Kim, The Associated Press

HRABOVE, Ukraine - When international monitors and Malaysian aviation experts arrived Tuesday at the two main sites where the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 smashed into the undulating countryside of eastern Ukraine, there was almost no perimeter tape.

The only security consisted of two armed men who did not stop reporters from walking across the fields to the twisted metal.

Panetta assures Afghans of full probe into video

US assures Afghans of full probe of Marines video amid condemnation and fear of strained ties
Pauline Jelinek,Robert Burns, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Pentagon leaders scrambled Thursday to contain damage from an Internet video that purports to show four Marines urinating on Taliban corpses, an act that would appear to violate international laws of warfare and further strains U.S.-Afghan relations.

UK spies will face criminal inquiry over Libya

UK spies will face criminal inquiry into claims that intelligence shared with Gadhafi regime
Paisley Dodds, The Associated Press

LONDON - Britain's spy agencies will face a criminal investigation into claims that intelligence shared with Moammar Gadhafi's regime led to the torture or rendition of two Libyan men and their families, authorities announced Thursday.

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