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Israel tells U.N. it will defend itself against Hezbollah

UNITED NATIONS — Israel told the U.N. Security Council today it will take all necessary measures to defend itself after an exchange of fire between Hezbollah militants and Israel that has raised the threat of a full-blown conflict.

Japanese officials meet after new video purportedly from hostage

TOKYO — Senior Japanese officials were meeting late on Tuesday after a video emerged purporting to show Kenji Goto, a Japanese captive of Islamic State militants, saying he had 24 hours to live unless Jordan released a would-be suicide bomber.

Deadline on Japanese captives passes with no word on fate

TOKYO — Japan said today it was still trying to secure the release of two Japanese hostages held by Islamic State militants after a deadline to pay ransom for their release passed and there was no immediate word on their fate.

U.N. asks countries for climate plans

OSLO — The United Nations asked governments today to submit plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions as the building blocks of a deal due in Paris in December to limit global warming, after scientists said 2014 was the hottest year on record.
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Eight civilians killed in shelling of Ukraine trolleybus

KIEV — An artillery shell or mortar struck a public transport stop in the rebel-controlled city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine today, killing at least eight civilians in an incident both sides blamed on the other.

Source: Israel didn’t target Iranian general

JERUSALEM— An Iranian general killed in an Israeli air strike in Syria was not its intended target and Israel believed it was attacking only low-ranking guerrillas, a senior security source said today.

Prosecutors seek formal probe for attack suspects

PARIS — French prosecutors asked magistrates today to open a formal investigation into four men suspected of helping prepare the Islamist attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris, one of three attacks in France that claimed 17 victims. The four suspects, ages 22 to 28, have been in police custody since Friday.

Dozens held across Europe in Islamist suspect sweeps

PARIS — Belgian, French and German police interrogated dozens of Islamist suspects today as much of Europe remained on heightened security alert after last week’s killings in Paris and raids in Belgium in which two gunmen were killed.

Pope says climate change mostly human-caused

PAPAL PLANE — Pope Francis said today he believed that man was primarily responsible for climate change and that he hoped this year’s climate meeting in Paris would take a courageous stand to protect the environment.

Charlie Hebdo edition sells out, Al Qaeda claims attack

PARIS — The first edition of Charlie Hebdo after an attack by Islamist gunmen sold out within minutes today, featuring a cartoon of a tearful Prophet Mohammad on a cover that defenders called a moving work of art but critics saw as a new provocation.
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Charlie Hebdo suspects, hostage-taker reported killed by police

DAMMARTIN-EN-GOELE, France — Hundreds of heavily armed police moved in on two al-Qaida-linked suspects in the Charlie Hebdo magazine slayings where they were holed up near Charles de Gaulle Airport and shot them dead as they attempted to escape in a hail of gunfire, French authorities reported today.
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Search narrows after armed suspects seen

PARIS — French anti-terrorism police converged on an area northeast of Paris today after two brothers suspected of being behind an attack on a satirical newspaper were spotted at a petrol station in the region.
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AirAsia search teams battle bad weather

PANGKALAN BUN/SURABAYA, Indonesia — Ships and aircraft criss-crossed the seas off Borneo today hunting for the wreck of an Indonesia AirAsia passenger jet, but bad weather again hindered the search for the plane and the black box flight recorders that should reveal why it crashed.

Rescuers find plane wreckage, bodies

SURABAYA, Indonesia — The first two bodies from the AirAsia plane that crashed off the coast of Borneo arrived today in the Indonesian city of Surabaya, where relatives have gathered to await news of their loved ones.

Bodies, debris from missing flight pulled from sea

SURABAYA, Indonesia — Indonesian rescuers searching for an AirAsia plane carrying 162people pulled bodies and wreckage from the sea off the coast of Borneo on Tuesday, prompting relatives of those on board watching TV footage to break down in tears.

Nurse first Ebola case diagnosed in Britain

LONDON — A health worker who has become the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in Britain was being treated at a London hospital on Tuesday after contracting the disease in West Africa.
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Putin says Russian economy will be cured

MOSCOW — President Vladimir Putin assured Russians on Thursday that the economy would rebound after the rouble’s dramatic slide this year but offered no remedy for a deepening financial crisis.