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Israelis go to polls in likely tight vote

JERUSALEM — Millions of Israelis turned out to vote today in a tightly-fought election, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu facing an uphill battle to defeat a strong campaign by the center-left opposition to deny him a fourth term in office.

S. Korea in bind over missile defense

SEOUL — The potential deployment of a sophisticated U.S. air defense system in South Korea to counter the North’s missile threat is proving a headache for Seoul as it tries to walk a fine line between its closest security ally Washington and its biggest trade partner China.

Deaths reported after Ukraine truce

KIEV — Ukraine reported today the first deaths in three days in east Ukraine and President Petro Poroshenko said Russia would pose a “military threat” even if a cease fire holds.

Killer from beheading videos discovered as Londoner

LONDON — Investigators believe that the masked killer known as “Jihadi John,” who fronted Islamic State beheading videos, is a British man named Mohammed Emwazi, two U.S. government sources said today.

Air strikes hit Islamic State after Christians abducted

BEIRUT — A U.S.-led alliance launched air strikes against Islamic State today in an area of northeast Syria where the militants are now estimated to have abducted at least 220 Assyrian Christians this week, a group monitoring the war reported.

Russia accused of sending more tanks

DEBALTSEVE, Ukraine/KIEV — Kiev accused Russia today of sending more tanks and troops into eastern Ukraine and said they were heading toward the rebel-held town of Novoazovsk on the southern coast, expanding their presence on what could be the next battlefront.

Libya asks to join fight against ISIS

UNITED NATIONS — Libya and Egypt asked the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday to lift an arms embargo on Libya, impose a naval blockade on areas not under government control and help build the country’s army to tackle Islamic State and other militants.

Nigeria military says it kills 300 Islamists as neighbors join fight

MAROUA, Cameroon/MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — Nigerian forces have killed more than 300 Boko Haram fighters during an operation to recapture 11 towns and villages since the start of the week, the military said today, as its war increasingly sucked in neighbors Cameroon, Chad and Niger.

Registration open for suicide prevention training

WENATCHEE — The Suicide Prevention Coalition of North Central Washington is offering a QPR Gatekeeper suicide prevention training at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Sage, 710 N. Chelan Ave.

Copenhagen attacks challenge soft Nordic approach to radicals

COPENHAGEN — Known for a soft approach to security that emphasizes helping radical Muslim youths with housing and jobs, Denmark may face pressure after the Copenhagen attacks to prioritize tougher laws and more resources for the police.

Carnival float accident kills at least 16

PORT-AU-PRINCE — At least 16 people were killed and 78 injured early today when a carnival float hit a power line in Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince, setting off a stampede by bystanders, officials said.

Iraqi army repels attack on U.S. base

BAGHDAD — Iraqi security forces today repelled an attack by Islamic State insurgents against an airbase in Anbar province where U.S. Marines are training Iraqi troops, Iraqi and U.S. military officials said.

West evacuates embassies in Yemen

SANAA — Saudi Arabia has evacuated diplomatic staff from Yemen following a Shi’ite Muslim Houthi militia’s seizure of power there, joining Western countries who have also closed embassies due to fears of worsening violence.

Toxic orange cloud spreads after chemical blast

MADRID — Three people were injured in an explosion at a chemical plant in northern Spain today and authorities advised residents of several small towns near Barcelona to stay indoors as a large toxic cloud spreads over the area.

Al Qaeda fighters seize army base, U.N. warns of civil war

ADEN, Yemen — Al Qaeda-linked fighters seized a large army base in a dawn attack in southern Yemen today, militants and residents said, hours after the United Nations warned that the country was on the brink of civil war.