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Alleged killer caught

Authorities say the purported leader of a Colombian paramilitary group who they allege masterminded the slaying last month of socialist lawmaker Robert Serra has been captured. Interior Minister Carmen Melendez said on Friday that suspect Leiva Padilla Mendoza was arrested in Cartagena, Colombia. Melendez says the countries are working together to extradite him. Serra was elected to congress in 2010 after gaining prominence organizing government supporters against a wave of destabilizing student protests in 2007. President Nicolas Maduro alleged on national television last month that Serra’s killing was politically motivated and said it had been directed by a Colombian paramilitary group. Maduro also accused former Colombian president Alvaro Uribe of participating in the plot.


Fifth teenager dies

Another of the teenagers wounded in a Washington State high-school shooting has died, raising to five the number of fatalities after a student opened fire in the cafeteria two weeks ago. Officials at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle said 15-year-old Andrew Fryberg died on Friday evening. Zoe Galasso, 14, was killed during the shooting on Oct. 24 by a popular freshman at Marysville-Pilchuck High School. Gia Soriano, also 14, died on Oct. 26 at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett and 14-year-old Shaylee Chuckulnaskit died on Oct. 31 at the Everett hospital. The shooter, Jaylen Fryberg, died of a self-inflicted wound. On Thursday, 14-year-old Nate Hatch was released from Harborview and returned home. He had been shot in the jaw. The school north of Seattle reopened on Monday after being closed for a week.


Plant explosion injures 65

An explosion at a chemical plant left 65 people injured and caused extensive damage to nearby buildings, officials said on Friday. The blast occurred overnight on Thursday in the city of Cordoba, about 700km north of Buenos Aires. Officials said the injured were neighbors of the plant, which was closed at the time of the explosion. The province’s health ministry said 65 people were injured, many of them from debris and glass. Two people were hospitalized, including a 70-year-old woman with a heart condition and a youth with head trauma. Cordoba’s civil defense chief said there were reports of shattered windows up to 3km from the blast site. “I was lying in bed asleep, when I heard a tremendous blast. I thought a plane had crashed in front of my house,” resident Claudio Utrera told daily newspaper La Voz del Interior. Cordoba Province Governor Jose Manuel de la Sota told reporters the blast created a huge crater and caused a gas leak.


Man faces terror charges

A Russian man charged with leading a Taliban attack against US forces in Afghanistan has pleaded not guilty to terrorism charges. Irek Hamidullin was arraigned on 12 counts in the District Court in Virginia on Friday. A judge ordered him detained until his April 13 trial. Hamidullin is the first military detainee Afghanistan to be brought to the US for trial. It is the latest attempt by President Barack Obama’s administration to show that it can use the criminal court system to deal with terror suspects. According to an indictment unsealed this week, Hamidullin is a Russian veteran of the war in Afghanistan who stayed in the country and joined the Taliban. He was captured in 2009 after an attack on Afghan border police and US soldiers.

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