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Militants’ new tactics blunt airstrikes

Militants in Iraq are seeking to blunt the effectiveness of U.S. airstrikes by dispersing their forces into urban areas and increasingly adopting terror tactics such as suicide attacks and bombings, says a senior American military officer.

More than 5,000 dead in C. African Republic

GUEN, Central African Republic — More than 5,000 people have died in sectarian violence in Central African Republic since December, according to an Associated Press tally, suggesting that a U.N. peacekeeping mission approved months ago is coming too late for thousands.

Kerry: World won’t permit Islamic State growth

BAGHDAD — Secretary of State John Kerry said today that neither the United States nor the rest of the world will stand by and watch the Islamic State militant group spread its evil.

Major river overflows, threatening Pakistan city

JHANG, Pakistan — A massive flood across India and Pakistan that’s killed more than 450 people poured into the surrounding plains today, sending a major river over its banks and threatening hundreds of thousands more.

Taliban claim attack on Pakistan navy dockyard

PAKISTAN — A spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for an attack Saturday on a naval dockyard in Karachi that saw two militants and a sailor killed.

MH17 pierced by ‘high-energy objects’

AMSTERDAM — Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 broke up in the air probably after being hit “by a large number of high-energy objects,” a preliminary Dutch report on the crash showed today.

Death toll in India, Pakistan floods reaches 440

JHANG, Pakistan — Raging monsoon floods sweeping across India and Pakistan have killed more than 440 people, authorities said today, warning hundreds of thousands more to be prepared to flee their homes as helicopters and boats raced to save marooned victims.
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NATO approves new force to deter Russia

NEWPORT, Wales — Seeking to counter Russian aggression, NATO leaders approved plans today to create a rapid response force with a headquarters in Eastern Europe that could quickly mobilize if an alliance country in the region were to come under attack.

Bosnian mine accident: 29 rescued, 5 miners buried

ZENICA, Bosnia-Herzegovina — One by one, rescue workers pulled 29 miners out of a trouble-plagued coal mine today after it had collapsed a day earlier in central Bosnia. Officials halted rescue efforts, believing that five men who remained deep underground were dead.

Israel to dismantle footbridge at holy site

JERUSALEM — Israel has agreed to dismantle a wooden footbridge at a Jerusalem holy site that is at the heart of a key Mideast dispute, a senior Israeli official said today.

Al-Qaida leader says it has expanded into India

NEW DELHI — Promising to “storm your barricades with cars packed with gunpowder,” al-Qaida announced today it had created an Indian branch that the terror network vowed would bring Islamic rule to the entire subcontinent.

Obama says beheading videos won’t intimidate U.S.

TALLINN, Estonia — President Barack Obama said today that the United States will not be intimidated by Islamic State militants after the beheading of a second American journalist and will build a coalition to “degrade and destroy” the group.

Poll finds support for Hamas rises

JERUSALEM — The popularity of the Hamas militant group among Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip has spiked significantly following the 50-day war with Israel, according to an opinion poll released today.

Syrian rebels issue demands for captive U.N. troops

BEIRUT — Al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebels holding 45 Fijian peacekeepers hostage have issued a set of demands for their release, including the extremist group’s removal from a U.N. terrorist list and compensation for the killing of three of its fighters in a shootout with international troops, an official said today.

Police abandon posts in Lesotho, fear for lives

MASERU, Lesotho — Police in Lesotho have been told to abandon their posts and not wear uniforms to avoid being targeted in attacks in the kingdom’s continuing power vacuum, an official said today.

Bomb attack kills 11, injures four

EGYPT — Egypt’s battle against Islamic militants in the Sinai Peninsula heated up today when a security convoy was ambushed, killing 11 members of the nation’s security forces and wounding four more, the state news agency reported.

6 militants killed in U.S. strike in Somalia

MOGADISHU, Somalia — Al-Shabab’s top leader was traveling in one of two vehicles hit Monday night by a U.S. military strike, a member of the Somali Islamic extremist group said today.