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WORLD: Van der Sloot to walk through crime scene

Van der Sloot to walk through crime scene

LIMA, Peru -- Peruvian police plan to escort Joran van der Sloot, who has allegedly confessed to last week's killing of a 21-year-old business student in Lima, to the hotel where the crime occurred, officials said.

They also said Tuesday that police have until the weekend to file criminal charges against the Dutchman for the May 30 killing of Stephany Flores.

The beating death occurred exactly five years after U.S. teenager Natalee Holloway disappeared in Aruba -- an assumed death in which Van der Sloot has long been considered the prime suspect by authorities on the Dutch island in the Caribbean.

It wasn't clear if Van der Sloot was represented by an attorney, and there was no comment from him or his family about the reported confession.

Peru's chief police spokesman, Col. Abel Gamarra, said late Monday that Van der Sloot confessed earlier in the day.

NATO trucks attacked in Pakistan

SANGJANI, Pakistan -- Suspected militants attacked trucks carrying military vehicles for foreign forces in Afghanistan early today close to the Pakistani capital, killing six people and wounding seven others, police and witnesses said.

Insurgents have occasionally attacked the convoys over the last two years, but today's strike was the first so close to the well-protected city of Islamabad, something likely to cause particular unease. Much of the supplies and fuel for the U.S.-led force in landlocked Afghanistan are trucked through Pakistan.

Nigeria lead poisoning 'unprecedented'

GUSAU, Nigeria -- Doctors are struggling to save children stricken by lead poisoning -- many of them blind, deaf and unable to walk -- after poor herdsmen began illegally mining gold in an area of northern Nigeria with high concentrations of lead.

More than 160 villagers have died and hundreds more have been sickened in the remote villages of Nigeria's Zamfara state, officials said Tuesday. The region is near the border with Niger, on the cusp of the Sahara Desert.

A spokeswoman for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the agency's initial tests found extremely high levels of lead in the blood of adults and children.