Wisconsin

13-year-old girls to stay in adult court

A Wisconsin judge has ruled that two 13-year-old girls accused of stabbing a classmate to please the online horror character Slender Man will stay in adult court, where they could face a sentence of decades in prison. Waukesha County Judge Michael Bohren said he was worried that the girls would stop receiving mental health treatment and be released into the community with no supervision when they exited the juvenile system at age 18. Keeping them in the adult system would protect people longer, the judge said.

Afghanistan

Pakistan called on to rein in Taliban

The Afghan president called on Pakistan Monday to crack down on the Taliban after a suicide car bombing near Kabul's international airport killed five people, the latest in a wave of deadly attacks in the capital. In a televised address, Ashraf Ghani also blamed neighboring Pakistan for what he described as Islamabad's support to the insurgents whose war against Kabul is now nearing its 14th year, and said he is sending a delegation to Islamabad later this week to demand a stop to support of the Taliban.

Argentina

Successor candidate wins primaries

President Cristina Fernandez's chosen successor easily won Argentina's open primaries, but the results underscored that October's election is still up for grabs and voters remain deeply divided about who could best tackle the country's economic problems. With 98 percent of ballots counted, Daniel Scioli was leading with 38 percent of the vote. Mauricio Macri and two others in his "Let's Change" coalition topped opposition candidates with a total of 30 percent.

Korea

North placed mines at DMZ, South says

North Korean soldiers sneaked across the heavily guarded border with South Korea and planted land mines near one of the South's military guard posts, and two southern soldiers were maimed after stepping on them, the South Korean Defense Ministry said Monday. The two South Koreans, both staff sergeants, triggered the mines last Tuesday just outside their post, within the South Korean half of the 2.5-mile-wide Demilitarized Zone, a buffer separating the two Korean armies.

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