Nation/world briefs

  • Updated: December 26, 2013 - 8:03 PM

South Sudan

Peace talks begin as fighting continues

Fighting persisted in South Sudan as African leaders tried to advance peace talks between the country’s president and political rivals he accuses of attempting a coup. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn had “a constructive dialogue” with South Sudanese President Salva Kiir, but there was no political breakthrough.

Turkey

Corruption inquiry targets prime minister

Turkey’s prime minister said he believes he is the ultimate target of a corruption probe of his allies that has shaken the government. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that anyone attempting to enmesh him would be “left empty-handed.” Three Cabinet members resigned this week; their sons were questioned in a scandal that focuses on money transfers to Iran and bribery.

Russia

Russians say Arafat was not poisoned

A Russian probe into the 2004 death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat has found that his death wasn’t caused by radiation — a finding that comes after a French probe found traces of the radioactive isotope polonium and a Swiss investigation said the time frame of his illness and death was consistent with that of polonium poisoning. The Federal Medical and Biological Agency said that Arafat died of natural causes and it had no plans to conduct further tests.

Israel

Weapons facilities targeted in airstrikes

The Israeli military said it carried out airstrikes on two targets in the Gaza Strip in response to a pair of rocket attacks. The army said the airstrikes targeted a weapons manufacturing facility and a weapons storage facility and “direct hits were confirmed.” Palestinian officials said there were no injuries. The attacks came hours after Palestinian militants fired two rockets into Israel.

California

LAX shooting suspect pleads not guilty

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