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In brief: Three held in US bomb alert

Three African refugees were arrested in the US after what police described as a fake bomb was found in one of their carry-on bags at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

Police aren't ruling out the possibility of terrorism and that investigators don't yet know the motive behind the incident.

An Ethiopian, travelling with two others, was caught trying to get the item through airport security.

Police described the item as an organic substance inside a container, with a cellphone taped to the outside.



Militants die in missile attack

An American drone fired two missiles at a home in northwestern Pakistan near the Afghan border early today, killing at least four militants.

The strike took place near Miran Shah, the main town in Pakistan's troubled North Waziristan tribal region.

The nationalities of the victims were not immediately known and the officials said their agents were trying to get more details.



Police kill car hijack gangs

Police say at least seven suspected carjackers have been killed in two shootouts in the Philippine capital Manila.

A police officer and a bystander were wounded by gunfire.

Five suspected carjackers were injured in suburban Quezon City while in a separate clash in the Makati financial district, police killed two of several carjackers in a van.

One of those killed escaped but was gunned down by SWAT members in a creek.



Suicides soar at Indian camp

The US Senate Committee on Indian Affairs has held a field hearing to investigate the high rate of youth suicide at a reservation in Montana.

More than 100 people, including some parents and relatives of suicide victims, attended the hearing at the Fort Peck Indian Reservation.

The youth suicide rate on the Fort Peck Reservation is 10 times the national average. Six students from schools on the reservation committed suicide last year and nearly 20 made attempts at killing themselves.


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