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■ FRANCE

Pedophile arrested

Police have detained a man who admitted sprinkling itching powder on young children at the Disneyland theme park near Paris and filming them as they scratched themselves, a judicial source said on Wednesday. The 50-year-old was arrested last Sunday after a German tourist spotted him sprinkling her niece's underwear with itching powder, the source said. The man had been photographing young girls when they dropped their underwear to relieve the itching. A police search of the man's home later revealed a hoard of child pornography and videos of the suspected raping one of his nieces and of sexual assaults on other minors, the source said.

■ UNITED KINGDOM

Serviceman arrested

A serviceman has been arrested in connection with the attempted murder of a female officer at the elite Sandhurst officer training academy, defense ministry police said on Thursday. "A 25-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and is being questioned at Maidenhead Police station following an incident at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst," a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Defense said in a statement.

■ UNITED STATES

Blacks suffer in murder rate

African-Americans are victims of nearly half the murders committed nationwide, despite making up only 13 percent of the population, a report published on Thursday showed. Around 8,000 of nearly 16,500 murder victims in 2005, or 49 percent, were black, according to the report released by the statistics bureau of the Department of Justice. Broken down by gender, 6,800 black men were murdered in 2005, making up more than half the nearly 13,000 male murder victims. Black women made up 35 percent, or 1,200, of the nearly 3,500 female homicide victims.

■ UNITED STATES

Teen arrested for murder

Two people, one of them a 15-year-old boy, have been arrested over the execution-style killing of three college students in New Jersey, officials said on Thursday. The 15-year-old suspect, who was not named because of his age, was arrested late on Wednesday on murder charges. He was reportedly identified by a fourth person who survived last weekend's attack despite a gunshot in the head. The three people who died were shot at close range in the back of the head in a Newark schoolyard. Authorities have said they do not believe the killings were related to gang violence or were racially motivated.

■ UNITED STATES

Two bodies recovered

Divers pulled at least two more bodies from the wreckage of the collapsed Mississippi River bridge in Minneapolis, Minnesota, bringing the disaster's confirmed death toll to seven, more than a week after the span crumbled. Later, authorities said one of those sets of remains might actually include another victim, which would bring the toll to eight if confirmed. The first victim recovered on Thursday was identified as Peter Hausmann, 47. Crews have been searching for at least eight people missing and presumed killed in the collapse, including a mother and her young daughter and another woman and her adult son.

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