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Ukraine vows to punish rebels who downed plane

NOVOHANNIVKA — Ukraine’s new president declared Sunday a day of mourning and vowed to punish those responsible after pro-Russia separatists shot down a Ukrainian military transport plane, killing all 49 crew and troops aboard. It was a bitter setback for the Ukrainian forces – the deadliest single incident yet in their escalating battle against an …

Airstrikes in NW Pakistan kill about 100 militants

ISLAMABAD — Pakistani military jets pounded militant hideouts in the northwestern tribal region bordering Afghanistan early Sunday morning, officials said, killing as many as 100 militants in the second strike on the region since a deadly attack on the Karachi airport a week ago. The Pakistani government has been under pressure to combat the resilient …

Thousands of Iraqi men answer urgent call to arms

BAGHDAD — Thousands of Shiites from Baghdad and across southern Iraq answered an urgent call to arms Saturday, joining security forces to fight the Islamic militants who have captured large swaths of territory north of the capital and now imperil a city with a much-revered religious shrine. The mobilization, urged by the nation’s top Shiite …

Obama praises tough fighting Australians as leader visits, but steers clear of climate change

WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama on Thursday praised ally Australia as a trusted military partner whose co-operation is providing the U.S. with added reach in the Asia-Pacific region, but questions lingered about their differences on climate change. Obama was speaking after a one-hour meeting with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who thanked Obama for the deeper engagement …

US voices ‘serious concerns’ over proposed criminalization of interfaith marriage in Myanmar

WASHINGTON—The State Department has voiced serious concerns about proposals to criminalize interfaith marriage in Myanmar, while rights groups warned Thursday that passage of such discriminatory legislation could spark more violence against Muslims. Nationalist Buddhist monks are pushing legislation to “protect and preserve race and religion” in the Southeast Asian nation, which has seen bouts of violence against …

Are slaves catching the fish you eat? Thailand could face US sanctions for human trafficking

AMBON, Indonesia—He was too sick to eat, and Min Min Chan’s chest ached with each breath he sucked. It didn’t matter: The Thai captain warned him to get back on deck and start hauling fish onto the trawler or be tossed overboard. As a 17-year-old slave stuck in the middle of the sea, he knew …

Lawmakers fume after IRS says it has lost trove of emails by central figure in tea party probe

WASHINGTON—Congressional investigators are fuming over revelations that the Internal Revenue Service has lost a trove of emails to and from a central figure in the agency’s tea party controversy. The IRS said Lois Lerner’s computer crashed in 2011, wiping out an untold number of emails that were being sought by congressional investigators. The investigators want …

Vote by Myanmar committee is setback for Suu Kyi’s bid for presidency

YANGON, Myanmar—A parliamentary committee has voted against changing a clause in Myanmar’s Constitution that bars opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from becoming president, in a setback for her hopes of leading the Southeast Asian nation. The clause bars anyone whose spouse or children are loyal to foreign countries from becoming president or vice-president. Suu Kyi’s late …

Israel searches west bank for teens feared seized

JERUSALEM — Israeli security forces searched the West Bank for a second day Saturday, looking for three missing teenagers, including an American, who they fear have been abducted by Palestinian militants. A senior military official said the working assumption is that the teens have been “kidnapped by Palestinian terrorists” and that he “could not confirm …

Rouhani says Iran is ready to help if Iraq asked

TEHRAN, Iran — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says his country is ready to help Iraq if asked, adding it has “no option but to confront terrorism.” Rouhani suggested in a press conference Saturday that the Sunni militants who have seized cities in northern Iraq this week are linked to Iraqi politicians who lost in parliamentary …

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