North Korea

Ballistic missile tests flout U.N. ban

North Korea fired two ballistic missiles off its east coast, flouting a U.N. ban on the country testing such missiles. The test came four days before President Xi Jinping of China was scheduled to visit Seoul, South Korea, his first trip to the Korean Peninsula as Beijing's leader. Its state media said that leader Kim Jong Un supervised what it called the test firings of a new type of precision-guided missile.


Infighting has killed 7,000, group says

Up to 7,000 people, mostly rebels fighting to overthrow President Bashar Assad, have been killed in infighting among rival Islamic groups in Syria across opposition-held territory in the north, an activist group said in a report Sunday. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it has documented 7,000 deaths as a result of the rebel-on-rebel violence since January, when infighting erupted in northern Syria. The death toll also included 650 civilians who got caught in the crossfire of the fighting between the Al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front and its rival, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant


Presidential hopeful digs in over elections

After a potential opening last week to ease Afghanistan's political crisis, the presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah signaled Sunday that more deadlock was ahead, promising again that he would not accept any decisions made by the country's election commission after the panel rejected a list of his demands.


Teen's family kills couple for marrying

Pakistani police say a 17-year-old girl and her husband have been killed by her family for marrying without its consent. A police officer said the couple were killed in a village in the Punjab province Friday night. He said that the bride's grandfather, parents and two uncles are accused of killing them with a butcher's knife and that all five have been apprehended. The officer said that the couple married on June 19 and that the family lured them back home by saying it accepted the marriage.


Attacks on churches kill 30 in northeast

At least 30 people were killed after suspected Boko Haram extremists attacked several churches on Sunday near Chibok in Nigeria's northeast Borno state, where more than 200 schoolgirls were abducted, a leader of the Islamist vigilante group said.


Girl crushed by grate at water ice shop

Authorities were investigating how a metal security grate detached and fell from the facade of an Italian ice shop, killing a 3-year-old girl in front of dozens of people who tried to rescue her. Wynter Larkin was with her mother at the Rita's Water Ice store in Philadelphia when she was trapped under the falling grate, police said.


Gunfire on Bourbon Street wounds 9

Two men exchanged gunfire early Sunday on the city's always-crowded Bourbon Street in the celebrated French Quarter and nine people were shot in the crossfire, including two who were critically wounded, police said. New Orleans Police Chief Ronal Serpas said six victims were hospitalized in stable condition. The other victim's condition was not available. Some of them were tourists. The victims were shot two blocks from historic Jackson Square.

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