Security enhanced at events in London

Security was stepped up at events marking Armed Forces Day across Britain, amid a news report that officials had foiled a bomb attack by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant on a military parade in London. The Sun newspaper said police foiled the planned attack after a reporter who obtained details on the plot alerted counterterrorism officials. Prime Minister David Cameron said that "heightened security" would be deployed at events, including the gay pride parade in London.


President suspends electricity rate hikes

The president of Armenia suspended hikes in household electricity rates in an effort to end the protests that have blocked the capital's main avenue for six straight days. The demonstrators, however, didn't disperse. President Serzh Sargsyan said the government would bear the burden of the higher electricity costs until an audit of the Russian-owned power company could be completed.


ISIL fighters accused of civilian massacre

Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant fighters who launched a surprise attack on a Syrian border town massacred more than 200 civilians, including women and children, before they were killed or driven out by Kurdish forces, activists said. Kurdish activist Mustafa Bali, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and Kurdish official Idris Naasan put at 40-50 the number of elite ISIL fighters killed in the two days of fighting since the militants sneaked into the town of Kobani before dawn on Thursday.


Sandstorm, quake create problems

Egypt faced treacherous conditions as a sandstorm blanketed the north of the country and a magnitude-5.2 earthquake centered in the Sinai Peninsula shook buildings more than 200 miles away in the capital, Cairo. The epicenter of the quake was 2.5 miles southeast of Nuweiba. Airports near Alexandria and Marsa Matrouh, along the Mediterranean coast, closed and diverted flights due to poor visibility from the day's sandstorm, Civil Aviation Minister Hossam Kamel said.


Police oust protesters from Shanghai

Police in Shanghai took away three busloads of environmental protesters outside government offices, preventing the latest rally that started with a rumor that a petrochemical plant could move into the area. Concerned with public health, some Chinese are taking to the streets to oppose potentially hazardous projects, but authorities have responded by trying to suppress the assemblies. The government has said there are no plans to build the plant.


Gunmen battle soldiers at camp

Gunmen attacked a military camp in western Mali, exchanging shots with soldiers as residents of a nearby village hid in their homes, officials and witnesses said. The attack was near the village of Nara, about 31 miles from the border with Mauritania, said army spokesman Col. Souleymane Maiga. Mali's intelligence service said the gunmen were Islamic militants.


Big black bear crashes campus party

A college party got a little wild when a black bear showed up. The bear, weighing between 300 and 400 pounds, crashed the party near the campus of Lehigh University in Bethlehem. Emergency officials received a flood of 911 calls after the bear was spotted. The bear "lumbered close to the party and scared the living daylights out of people," police Chief Mark DiLuzio said. Lehigh University said in a "Bear Update" on its website that the animal was captured, tranquilized and removed. The bear remains in the custody of the game commission.

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