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China says opposed to parties entering territorial waters

BEIJING — China’s Foreign Ministry said on Friday it was against parties entering territorial waters in the name of freedom of navigation, as the United States is considering sailing warships close to China’s artificial islands in the South China Sea.

Israeli forces kill 5 as violence rages on

JERUSALEM/GAZA — Israeli security forces on Saturday shot dead two Palestinians aged 12 and 15 in protests along Gaza’s border fence, Palestinian medics said, and Israeli police said they killed three Palestinian assailants in separate violence in Jerusalem.

Turkish editor jailed for insulting president

ISTANBUL — A newspaper close to an Islamic cleric foe of Tayyip Erdogan said its editor had been remanded in custody ahead of trial on charges of insulting the Turkish president, fueling fears of a media clampdown ahead of a Nov. 1 election.

Turkey says no problem with Russia over nuclear plant

ANKARA — Energy Minister Ali Riza Alaboyun said on Saturday Turkey had no problem with Russia over its planned construction of a nuclear plant at Akkuyu in southern Turkey and that gas supplies from Russia were also continuing as normal.

Three killed in violent unrest in Iraq

ERBIL, Iraq — Three people were killed in a third day of violent unrest in Iraq’s Kurdistan region on Saturday, as protesters attacked and torched several political party offices in Sulaimaniyah province.

Suspected Boko Haram suicide bomb attack kills 38

ABIDJAN, Chad — Thirty-eight people, including five attackers, were killed and another 51 were wounded on Saturday in a series of suicide bombings in a town in Chad suspected to be the work of Nigeria’s Boko Haram Islamist militant group, a local government official said.

U.S. recommends transfer of Afghan prisoner

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United States said on Wednesday it had cleared for release Mohammed Kamin, an Afghan man held at the Guantanamo Bay prison for foreign terrorism suspects for more than 11 years.

Refugees give Greek tour operators an extended season

PIRAEUS, Greece — Placards in hand, travel agent Iakovos Bouchoris and his team scout for customers at Greece’s busy Piraeus port, near Athens, where some 5,000 people arrived on Tuesday in a single day on ships from outlying islands close to Turkey.

UN chief hails plan to release thousands of prisoners

UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations secretary-general welcomed on Wednesday a U.S. decision to release some 6,000 federal prisoners to ease overcrowding and provide redress for people who had received disproportionately long sentences for non-violent drug-related offenses.

Car bomb attacks kill 57 people in Iraq

BAGHDAD -- At least 57 people were killed on Monday in car bomb attacks in Baghdad and the north and south of Iraq, police and medical sources said.

North Korea frees NYU student held since April

SEOUL -- North Korea repatriated a South Korean college student who holds a U.S. green card on Monday, six months after capturing him crossing into the country from China, South Korea's Unification Ministry said.

Beating parasites earns Nobel prize

STOCKHOLM — Three scientists from Japan, China and Ireland whose discoveries led to the development of potent new drugs against parasitic diseases including malaria and elephantiasis won the Nobel Prize for Medicine on Monday.

Air strike kills 19 at Afghan hospital

KABUL — An air strike, probably carried out by U.S.-led coalition forces, killed 19 staff and patients on Saturday, including three children, in a hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz, the aid group said.

Russia begins Syria air strikes

MOSCOW — Russia launched air strikes in Syria on Wednesday in the Kremlin’s biggest Middle East intervention in decades, but Moscow’s assertion that it had hit Islamic State was immediately disputed by the United States and rebels on the ground.

Worries swiftly follow refugee welcome party in Germany

BERLIN — Just weeks after politicians from Germany’s mainstream parties embraced Angela Merkel’s unusually warm welcome for refugees, the tone has turned sober, reflecting growing fears about the scale of looming problems.

Obama, Castro meet as they work on thawing ties

UNITED NATIONS — U.S. President Barack Obama shook hands with Cuban President Raul Castro at the United Nations on Tuesday in a rare one-on-one meeting between the former Cold War foes as they work toward improving relations after decades of animosity.

Death toll from air strike on wedding rises to 131

SANAA, Yemen — The death toll from an air strike on a wedding party in Yemen has jumped to 131, medics said on Tuesday, in one of the deadliest attacks on civilians in Yemen’s war that drew strong condemnation from the U.N. secretary-general.