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Syrian Regime Uncovers Mysterious Mass Grave

KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images(DAMASCUS, Syria) -- This past weekend, the Syrian regime followed through with its threats to deal a heavy blow to a town in the north where it claims over 120 of its security forces were killed last week.

After entering Jisr al-Shughour with tanks and helicopter gunships hovering above, the regime on Monday said it made a grim discovery of the remains of its men.  Syrian State TV is broadcasting images of a mass grave discovered in the town which is now at the center of two competing narratives about what exactly happened.

The regime says the mutilated bodies of soldiers are the work of "armed gangs."  But residents who fled and other refugees say those bodies are proof of the first significant mutiny by soldiers in Syria's uprising.  The soldiers, they say, were killed by their commanders for switching sides and joining the protesters.

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More Mass Graves Found in Mexico

HECTOR GUERRERO/AFP/Getty Images(SINALOA, Mexico) -- Investigators in Mexico have unearthed 13 bodies in additional mass graves in northwestern Sinaloa, Mexico, according to the BBC.

The victims were shot execution-style, officials say.

At the same time, forensic experts also found additional graves containing 10 bodies, which brings the total number to 126.

Mexican Interior Secretary Francisco Blake Mora said the military will continue to investigate until those responsible for the crimes have been captured. 

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Missing Bodies Found Amid Wreckage of Air France Flight 447

HO/AFP/Getty Images(PARIS) -- Bodies from Air France Flight 447, which crashed into the Atlantic Ocean almost two years ago, have been found by aquatic robots, and will be brought to the surface within the next few weeks, officials said.

There are 178 bodies still unaccounted for of the 228 who perished. Fifty-one bodies were recovered in the days following the accident on May 31, 2009, shortly after Flight 447 took off from Rio de Janeiro en route to Paris.

Most of the passengers were Brazilian, French and German. An American couple, Anne and Michael Harris, who was living in Brazil and have family in Louisiana, was also onboard.

The Airbus A330 jetliner began to experience electrical problems shortly after takeoff and read the plane's speed incorrectly. Several hours later, the plane could no longer be spotted on radar. It plunged into the ocean, with most of the fuselage still intact.

Investigators hope to find the plane's two black box flight recorders, which would help them piece together what caused the crash.

A French magistrate recently began investigating Airbus to see if the company could be charged with involuntary manslaughter. Judge Sylvie Zimmerman is overseeing the probe. Depending on the outcome of the investigation, Airbus could face criminal charges.

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Rest in Peace? Japanese Hotel Takes in the Dead

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(TOKYO) -- You've heard of business hotels before, but a business hotel for the dead?  A Japanese company is banking on the concept, taking in corpses for a nightly fee to help families buy time to plan funerals.

The LISS Center in Tokyo looks like any apartment building from the outside, but inside you'll find caskets lined up, a refrigerator large enough to hold 37 bodies and anti-bacterial lights hovering above to keep the rooms sanitized.

Center counselor Nyokai Matsushima says he wanted to create a place where the dead can stay so families wouldn't feel rushed to plan the funeral.  He charges about $90 a night and helps with funeral planning.

The hotel is the first of its kind in Japan, but the LISS Center isn't the first to cash in on death.  With Japan's elderly population growing faster than in any other country, the funeral industry's expanding with it.  Last month, a popular convenience store announced it was considering getting into the funeral industry, and last year, one of Japan's largest retailers began offering funeral service arrangements.

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