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American Citizen Among Those Killed in Pakistan Attack

George Doyle/Thinkstock(ISLAMABAD) -- An American citizen was one of 11 people killed in an attack in northern Pakistan on Sunday.

Authorities say Islamist militants wearing police uniforms opened fire on a base camp at Nanga Parbat, the ninth-highest peak in the world.

According to BBC News, the attack killed at least nine foreign tourists. The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, claiming it was in response to the killing of its second-in-command, Waliur Rehman, in a drone strike in May.

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Three Americans Killed in 'Insider Attack' in Afghanistan

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(PATIKA, Afghanistan) -- An apparent insider attack has killed three Americans in the Patika region of Afghanistan.

A man wearing an Afghan army uniform turned his weapon on his American trainers early Saturday, killing three. Two of the trainers were U.S. soldiers. According to BBC News, when the man began firing, a number of international troops fired back at him.

In an unrelated attack, an Italian soldier was killed with a grenade in the Farah province. According to BBC News, the International Security Assistance Force is terming that incident an "insurgent attack." Three additional Italian soldiers were wounded in the attack, says BBC News.

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Another Senior Pakistani Journalist Killed 

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Another senior Pakistani journalist has been killed, again in Pakistan's northwest, ABC News confirms.

Mehmood Jan Afridi, President of the Qalat Press Club, was in a shop when gunmen opened fire and killed him.

Two days ago, a reporter for GEO News, Malik Mumtaz, was targeted and killed.

Afridi's death marks the fifth killing of a journalist in the last two months.

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Body of Russian Politician Discovered in Barrel of Cement

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) -- The badly-beaten body of a Russian politician was found in a barrel full of cement, in what investigators said they believe was a murder ordered over an $80 million debt.

Mikhail Pakhomov was a city council member in Lipetsk, a city about five hours south of Moscow. He had been missing since February 12, when authorities believe he was kidnapped.

“The nature of the injuries permits the conclusion that he was murdered,” Russia’s investigative committee told the Interfax news agency on Monday.

The barrel was reportedly discovered in a garage on Sunday night. Police did not say who owned the property.

According to RIA Novosti, authorities have detained eight people suspected of being involved.

The alleged mastermind is reportedly Yevgeny Kharitonov, a former Moscow regional official, to whom Pakhomov is believed to have owed money. The Moscow Times reports Kharitonov was arrested as he boarded a domestic flight at a Moscow airport.

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Explosion Kills Dozens in Pakistan

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(QUETTA, Pakistan) -- An explosion outside a fruit market in Quetta, Pakistan has killed more than 40 people and wounded scores of others, including women and children, according to the Deputy Police Chief of Quetta. However, a rescue source says more than 50 people were killed in Saturday's attack.

The target this time was the Hazara Shite minority community.

The Hazara community that are mostly Shites have been the frequent target of sectarian extremists in Baluchistan province.

At the start of the year in January, more than a hundred Shite people were killed in a single day in three simultaneous attacks. The provincial government was sacked and governor's rule was imposed after the provincial government failed to stop such attacks that had become frequent and deadly.

The city is tense and the Hazara community has come out on the streets to protest the attack on Saturday.

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Egyptian Protestors Kill 30 Due to Death Penalty Sentences Given to Violent Soccer Fans

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(CAIRO) -- At least 30 people are reported dead and more than 300 are injured after violent protestors went to the streets after death sentences were given to soccer fans in connection with last February's soccer stadium violent rampage, according to the BBC.   

Anger boiled over into violence on the streets of Egypt's Port Said, and military was deployed to try to control the protestors.  Relatives were furious over the death sentences given to 21 soccer fans involved in last February's soccer melee, in which 74 people lost their lives.

Some protestors stormed the prison. Others attacked the governor's office and the courthouse, where earlier the sentences had been handed down much to the approval of relatives of the victims, who said they would accept nothing less than the death penalty.  

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Friend: Texas Missionaries Killed in Mexico Knew They Were in Danger

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(MONTERREY, Mexico) -- A dedicated Texas missionary couple strangled in their Mexico home knew how much danger they were in, but refused to leave the people they cared for, according to a friend from their sponsor church in Texas.

"They had opportunities to return, but these are their people.  It would be like abandoning family.  We don't abandon family," Karen Mosley, the secretary for Liberty Baptist Church in Lewisville, Texas, told ABC News. "We lost a couple of great prayer warriors."

John Casias, 76, and Wanda Casias, 67, were found dead at their home near Monterrey, Mexico, on Tuesday by one of their 10 children.  They had been living and working in Mexico for about 30 years.

It was the second time in a year that an American missionary was killed in Mexico.  Nancy Davis, 59, was shot in the head in January 2011 when she and her husband were attacked at an illegal road block.

"They had all kinds of updated security measures, which makes us all believe it was somebody he knew or he wouldn't have let them in," Mosley said.  She said they lived on a walled property and had a gate.

Mosley said church members used to go on missions every other year to the area where the Casias couple lived, until about four years ago when things became too dangerous for them to travel there.  Fighting between drug cartels over the past few years made Monterrey an extremely dangerous place.

"John doesn't allow visitors to come to his place anymore.  It's that bad," Mosley said.  "There are no more policemen, they're all dead. The last mayor was murdered. All they have there are soldiers."

The couple had discussed what they wanted, should anything ever happen to them, with members of the church, Mosley said. The couple said that if they were to be kidnapped, they did not want anyone to pay ransom for them.

"They would not allow it," Mosley said. "They knew it was dangerous. They were just cautious and they made a pact."

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Frenchman Is First Western Journalist Killed in Syria

KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images(DAMASCUS, Syria) -- French TV reporter Gilles Jacquier became the first Western journalist to be killed in the 10-month government crackdown on dissidents in Syria.

Watchdog group Reporters Without Borders said that Jacquier was the victim of a mortar attack while on assignment in the city of Homs, one of the hotbeds of violence in Syria.

It's believed that a civilian also died in the assault, while at least one other journalist and a number of civilians were wounded.

Covering the situation in Syria is especially dangerous for Western journalists because of a news blackout imposed by the government of President Bashar al-Assad in an effort to keep the rest of the world from learning about the true extent of the bloody crackdown that he's denied imposing.

The United Nations estimates that more than 5,000 people have died since al-Assad's forces began their assault on pro-democracy protesters in mid-March 2011.

Jacquier, an award-winning journalist, had worked for France 2 TV since 1999 and covered fighting in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo and Israel.

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Nuclear Scientist Assassinated in Iran, Blame Placed on Israel

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(TEHRAN, Iran) -- A scientist who worked at one of Iran's sensitive nuclear sites was killed in a targeted bomb attack in Tehran Wednesday morning, state media reports.

According to Fars New Agency, an unidentified motorcyclist planted a magnetic bomb on the car of Mostafa Ahmadi-Roshan, the deputy director at the Natanz uranium enrichment facility, killing him and injuring two others.

An Iranian official has blamed Israel for the attack.

"The bomb was a magnetic bomb similar to the bombs that were earlier used for the assassination of [Iranian] scientists and actually the job was done by the Zionists," Tehran's Deputy Gov. Safar Ali Baratlo told Far News Agency.

Wednesday's incident comes amid increasing tension between Iran and the West, who worries that Iran is getting closer to building a nuclear weapon.  As a result, the U.S. and other nations have slapped political and economic sanctions on the country. Iran has responded by threatening to cut off oil shipments through the Strait of Hormuz.

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Details Surfacing on How Libyan Rebels Killed Moammar Gadhafi

Libyan National Transitional Council fighters stand outside drainage pipes where ousted Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi was captured. PHILIPPE DESMAZES/AFP/Getty Images(SIRTE, Libya) -- Celebrations continued across Libya the day after Moammar Gadhafi was killed by rebel forces in his hometown of Sirte, while details of the hours and minutes that led up to his death begin to surface.

Gadhafi's grisly final moments were captured on a grainy cellphone video that shows the former Libyan leader surrounded by a frenzied mob of rebels.  Men are seen grabbing at him, propping him up, and pummeling him while he can be seen dazed, attempting to speak and bleeding profusely.

The final hunt for Gadhafi began around 8 a.m. Thursday in Sirte, which is the former leader's hometown and was one of the final loyalist strongholds of his regime.  The rebels who took control of Libya in February began what they hoped would be their final offensive to conquer the town.

As the rebels toppled Sirte, a U.S. drone, which was operated remotely from Las Vegas, alerted NATO of a fleeing 80-car convoy.

Soon, French fighter jets responded with an airstrike, which took out two of the vehicles.  It is still unclear if these French fighters hit Gadhafi's car, but when the rebels poured in they told the BBC's Gabriel Gatehouse that the former leader was hiding in a drainage pipe.

"They say they discovered him [in the drainage pipe] just before 12 this afternoon.  They pulled him out of the hole, and one fighter told me that Moammar Gadhafi said to him, 'What did I do to you?'" Gatehouse said.

This account of finding Gadhafi in the drainage pipe was confirmed by an English-speaking rebel fighter, who told ABC News, "We catch him there.  We shot him."

In a video that surfaced Friday, Gadhafi is heard repeatedly saying the phrase "Haram Aleiko," which is an Arabic expression that literally translated means, "This is a sin for you."  The phrase is generally used as a plea to convey the vulnerability of the victim.

The fatal shot that killed Ghadhafi was reportedly fired by a young man donning a baseball cap with a Yankees logo.  Afterwards he was photographed brandishing Gadhafi's vanquished golden gun.

Still unknown is the fate of Gadhafi's son Seif al-Islam, who played a prominent role taunting rebels throughout the seven-month revolution.  There had been reports he had been captured or killed, but there were also reports that he was fleeing south in the Sahara Desert to Niger.

It has been confirmed that one of Gadhafi's other sons, Muatassim, was also killed in Thursday's attack.  He was a prominent military commander.

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