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Hezbollah Threatens Israel Over Syria Strikes

BEIRUT, Lebanon — The leader of Hezbollah, the powerful Lebanese militant group, escalated tensions with Israel on Thursday over the recent Israeli airstrikes near Damascus, suggesting that the Syrian government would respond by providing Hezbollah fighters with the weapons that Israel wants to keep out of their hands. While the Hezbollah leader, Hassan Nasrallah, did not specify the type of ...

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UN: Mass rapes blamed on Congo unit that had been trained by US forces

UNITED NATIONS — Congolese troops fleeing the M23 rebels last November raped at least 97 women and 33 girls, some as young as 6, a U.N. report released Wednesday said. The U.S. Africa Command trained one of the units involved, Commando Battalion 391, in 2010 to be “a model for future reforms within the Congolese armed forces,” according to the ...

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U.N. says Brahimi agrees to stay on as Syria mediator

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The U.N.-Arab League mediator in the Syria conflict, Lakhdar Brahimi, has agreed to stay on despite his frustration at the international deadlock that has prevented U.N. action to halt the two-year-old civil war, the United Nations said on Thursday. A dispute over Syria between Russia, which supports and provides weapons to the government of President Bashar ...

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Gov. Scott Walker to meet with Dalai Lama

Gov. Scott Walker will meet privately with the Dalai Lama during the Tibetan spiritual leader’s visit to Wisconsin next week. Walker’s spokesman Tom Evenson confirmed the private meeting to The Associated Press on Thursday. The Dalai Lama is also scheduled to speak to the state Assembly for 45 minutes on Tuesday. His visit next week marks the ninth time he’s ...

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Pakistan Elections: Ex-Leader’s Son Kidnapped

Armed men have kidnapped the son of a former Pakistani prime minister on the final day of campaigning for landmark elections, to be held amid bomb threats from the Taliban. Ali Haider Gilani, 27, who is himself running as a provincial assembly candidate, was snatched under heavy gunfire on the outskirts of Multan in Punjab. Two guards were killed during ...

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Kerry hopes Russia won’t sell missiles to Syria

Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday the transfer of advanced missile defense systems from Russia to Syria would be a “destabilizing” factor for Israel’s security. Kerry said the U.S. has expressed concerns about what such defensive systems in Syria would mean for Israel’s security. He wouldn’t address what the missiles might mean for Syria’s civil war. He spoke to ...

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Soccer: Next Manchester United manager David Moyes

David Moyes was appointed manager of Manchester United on Thursday and will take over from Alex Ferguson who is retiring at the end of this season. Here is a look at his life and career: Moyes was born in April 1963 in Glasgow, Scotland and signed signed as a professional with Scottish club Celtic in 1980, whom he joined as ...

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Obama, Netanyahu Discuss Regional Security Issues

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have spoken by phone about regional security issues and Middle East peace. The White House says the two leaders agreed to continue their “close coordination.” The call follows a pair of Israeli airstrikes on Syrian targets. The Obama administration has…

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31 detained in probe of $50M Belgium diamond heist

Unlike the brilliant thieves in “Ocean’s Eleven,” it appears that those behind the clockwork-precision, $50 million diamond heist at Brussels Airport may not get a Hollywood ending. After three months of virtual silence on the matter, authorities struck this week, detaining at least 31 people in a three-nation sweep and recovering so many diamonds from the loot Antwerp traders lost ...

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Syria’s Assad must go, Kerry insists

US Secretary of State John Kerry insisted Syrian President Bashar Al Assad will have to step down as part of any political solution in Syria, as he held a third day of talks on the bloody conflict. Speaking as he met Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh, Kerry said all sides were working to “effect a transition government by mutual consent ...

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