News Briefs: India’s probe into Kashmir killings; North Korea jet engine probe; Mexico questions cruise ship abductions

India has launched an investigation into the weekend clash that left four Kashmiri militants and two soldiers dead. That investigation will examine not only why the forces stormed the home of a senior militant leader, but also why India has increasingly called on New Delhi’s cabinet to mount retaliatory attacks on separatist positions in Kashmir during years of conflict.

Indonesia on Monday began investigations into a passenger plane crash last month that killed all 189 people on board. News of the investigation came as authorities began their search for what may have caused the crash.

A fire broke out on the plane near the North Korean border on the day of the crash. A U.S. expert on jet engines suggested in a CNN report Monday that the burn marks could have been caused by a fuel leak or a fire from an overheated part in the engine’s oil, conditions the expert said would have heightened the risk of a “catastrophic failure.”

Alarm bells are ringing in Mexico after more than 900 tourists and visitors were abducted by criminals last month in the country’s Yucatan Peninsula. In an interview with Univision, Interior Minister Alfonso Navarrete said he suspects human traffickers and drug cartels may be behind the kidnapping spree.

The passport of the seven American passengers has been recovered. Mr. Navarrete said the FBI has picked up the case. Police in London are still searching for a missing Texas woman, whose family said they believe she was kidnapped.

Iran says a mine buried near an oil field on the eastern shore of the Persian Gulf has been successfully removed, the latest in a series of misfires by the mines, which are one of Iran’s main tools for controlling some parts of the area.

Canada’s oil and gas giant Kinder Morgan has signaled a tentative goal of reopening construction of the oil pipeline through British Columbia’s Salish Sea by summer, though it is unclear whether opposition to the project has softened since the election of a new provincial government last fall.

Scotland’s Commonwealth Games, which will be hosted by England and taken place later this year, are under fire from anti-capitalist activists who say the games will benefit big business at the expense of activists and street children in poor countries.

Germany’s antitrust regulator said this week that the country’s agriculture ministry made a “late error” in its decision to allow pesticide producer Bayer to acquire Monsanto Co. The ministry is already under scrutiny for its sale of the country’s crop insurance business to an international firm without the German government’s consent.

Europeans called on Monday for Germany to release a classified document in which a government official said America’s decision to go to war in Iraq had been partially due to fears of a strike by rogue nuclear weapons site, according to a story on “Outlook,” a Time Magazine weekly news program. It cited French and German reports. The German publication Der Spiegel, which broke the story, said it was a directive to Berlin and that the real reason was the prospect of Iraqi nuclear devices.

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