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In Brief: 10 killed in bus bomb blast

A bus bomb in the restive southern region of the Philippines has killed 10 passengers and wounded two others.

The bomb went off on the bus today as it pulled into a terminal in Carmen town in North Cotabato province.

Extortion gangs linked to Muslim rebels have been suspected in previous such attacks in the region.

A long-running Muslim rebellion and criminal gangs are behind decades-long unrest in the southern Philippines, home to minority Muslims in the predominantly Christian nation.



Eight taximen slain in attacks

Gunmen killed eight cab drivers in two attacks in Monterrey, northern Mexico.

Three people, including an eight-year-old girl, were injured.

Four gunmen shot the first five drivers outside a taxi base office. Minutes later, three men were killed apparently by the same group a few blocks away.

Also yesterday in the western state of Michoacan, 13 men were killed.

Prosecutors said the incidents were related. Three men were arrested.



Threat forces plane to land

A Korean Air passenger jet made an emergency landing at a Canadian military airbase after a call centre in the US received a threat by telephone.

Korean Air flight 72, which was en route to South Korean capital Seoul, diverted to the Comox base on Vancouver Island in Canada's Pacific province British Columbia, soon after take-off from Vancouver last night. A Korean Air spokeswoman could not confirm whether it was a bomb threat. The Boeing 777, had 147 people on board.



Jury selected for Hudson case

Prosecutors and lawyers for the man charged with murdering three of actress and singer Jennifer Hudson's family members have selected the final jurors for the upcoming trial.

Testimony is set to begin on April 23. William Balfour (30) is charged with murdering Hudson's mother, brother and nephew in 2008.

He faces a mandatory life prison sentence if convicted of murdering at least two of the victims.


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