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Hacking group Anonymous declares war on Islamic State

LONDON -- Anonymous, a loose-knit international network of activist hackers, is preparing to unleash waves of cyber attacks on Islamic State following the attacks in Paris last week that killed 129 people, a self-described member said in a video.

El Niño strengthens, will be among biggest on record

GENEVA -- The El Niño weather pattern, a phenomenon associated with extreme droughts, storms and floods, is expected to strengthen before the end of the year and become one of the strongest on record, the U.N. weather agency said on Monday.

US-led strikes hit Islamic State fuel trucks

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Air strikes by the United States and its allies against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria hit 116 fuel trucks on Sunday, according to the U.S.-led coalition, the latest step to damage oil facilities which the militant group uses to fund its operations.

Leaders vow joint security steps after Paris attacks

BELEK, Turkey — World leaders vowed tighter border controls, more intelligence sharing and a crackdown on terrorist financing after the Paris attacks, but there was little sign at a summit on Monday of a dramatic shift in strategy against Islamic State in Syria.

Lebanese authorities arrest 6 suspects in Beirut bombings

BEIRUT — Lebanese authorities arrested five Syrians and a Palestinian in connection with the twin suicide bombings in central Beirut on Thursday that killed 43 people, a senior security source said on Saturday.

U.S. flights between Paris and U.S. returning to normal

NEW YORK — U.S. airlines said flights between the U.S. and Paris were operating close to normally on Saturday, after explosions and shooting attacks in the French capital caused delays and one cancellation on Friday.

France in shock

PARIS — French prosecutors said Saturday that three coordinated teams of gunmen and suicide bombers carried out a wave of attacks across Paris that killed 129 people in what President Francois Hollande called an “act of war” by Islamic State.

Two suicide bombers hit Hezbollah bastion in Lebanon, 43 killed

BEIRUT — At least 43 people were killed and more than 240 wounded on Thursday in two suicide bomb blasts claimed by Islamic State in a crowded residential district in Beirut’s southern suburbs, a stronghold of the Shi’ite Muslim group Hezbollah.

Flow of Iraqi oil to U.S. reaches 3-year peak

LONDON — Oil tankers are set to deliver the biggest volume of Iraqi crude to U.S. shores in more than three years, as OPEC’s second-largest producer vies for market share as pressure mounts on U.S. shale production.

Slovenia plans ‘hurdles’ to control migrant flow at border

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia — Slovenia will erect “temporary technical hurdles” along parts of its border with Croatia in the next few days to control migrant flows but will keep border crossings open, Prime Minister Miro Cerar said on Tuesday.

Oil to rise gradually to $80 per barrel by 2020

LONDON — Oil is unlikely to return to $80 a barrel before the end of 2020 despite unprecedented declines in investment, as yearly demand growth struggles to top 1 million barrels per day, the International Energy Agency said Tuesday.

Obama, Netanyahu seek to mend ties

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu assured U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday that he remained committed to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as they sought to mend ties strained by acrimony over Middle East diplomacy and Iran.

Jordanian kills 4, including 2 Americans

AMMAN — A Jordanian officer shot dead two U.S. government security contractors, a South African trainer and a Jordanian translator at a U.S.-funded police training facility near Amman on Monday before being killed in a shootout, authorities said.

Teacher saves 58 children from flood

MARIANA, Brazil — The first Eliene Almeida, head teacher at the municipal school in Bento Rodrigues, knew of the deadly mud flow that destroyed her village was a cry from her husband.

CO2 levels hit record high for 30th year in a row

GENEVA -- Greenhouse gas levels in the atmosphere reached a record high in 2014 and the relentless fueling of climate change is endangering the planet for future generations, the World Meteorological Organization said on Monday.

Two dozen missing in vast mudflow of Brazil mine disaster

MARIANA, Brazil — Brazilian authorities late on Saturday were investigating a second suspected death after two dams at a major mine in the country’s southeast burst and unleashed a massive mudflow that wreaked havoc across more than 50 miles.

General sees air strikes against Islamic State picking up

DUBAI — U.S. and coalition forces are likely to increase air strikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria in coming weeks after a lull in September and October, the head of U.S. Air Forces Central Command said Saturday.

Plane crashes in Sudan; dozens killed

JUBA, Sudan — A Russian-built cargo plane with passengers on board crashed Wednesday after taking off from the airport in South Sudan’s capital, killing dozens of people, witnesses said.