Nation/world wire briefs

  • Updated: June 29, 2014 - 9:11 PM

Tens of thousands of Israelis gathered Sunday in Tel Aviv for a rally calling for the release of three missing Israeli teens, feared abducted June 12 in the West Bank. The crowd held Israeli flags and posters of the teens. “They know that we will never give up trying to bring them home,” said mother Rachelle Fraenkel.

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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

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