Indonesia

8 executed on drug charges; 1 delayed

Defying international condemnation and rejecting 11th-hour pleas for clemency, the Indonesian government executed eight drug convicts, including seven foreigners. But the execution of a ninth convict, scheduled to happen at the same time, was unexpectedly postponed at nearly the last minute, the Indonesia attorney general's office said. The eight executed prisoners from Australia, Brazil and Nigeria, along with one Indonesian, faced separate police firing squads. Authorities granted the stay of execution to Mary Jane Veloso, 30, a Philippine citizen, so they could review her conviction for smuggling heroin into Indonesia in 2010.

Saudi Arabia

93 are arrested over terror plots

Saudi Arabia has arrested 93 people accused of plotting terrorist attacks since December, including a group described as having sought to strike the U.S. Embassy with a car bomb, the Saudi Interior Ministry said. The ministry said the suspects were accused of recruiting and training new members; testing explosives; gathering firearms; and plotting to attack residential areas and security facilities. They were arrested in six groups, it said, adding that most of the suspects had ties to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.

Russia

Problems delay docking of cargo ship

Russia's space agency postponed the docking of a cargo ship with the International Space Station because of problems with the unmanned spacecraft. The Progress M-27M was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and was scheduled to dock six hours later. But Roscosmos said Russia's Mission Control was having trouble getting data from the spacecraft and decided to postpone the docking at least until Thursday.

Ukraine

Military: Rebels violating peace deal

Separatist rebels in the east of Ukraine have resumed the use of rocket launchers that should have been withdrawn under a February peace deal, Ukrainian military officials said. The army said that rebels fired Grad rockets. There has been a recent uptick in clashes along the front separating government and rebel forces.

Washington, D.C.

Reid urges GOP to back Iran bill

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is urging Republicans to back legislation empowering Congress to review and possible reject any nuclear deal with Iran. Reid said that the bill should not be "messed up" by political posturing by GOP senators with presidential ambitions. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also said preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons should not be a partisan issue. But he predicted vigorous discussion and a robust amendment process as the Senate starts debate on the bill. The bill would block the president from waiving congressional sanctions for at least 30 days, and if senators disapprove the deal, he would lose authority to waive sanctions imposed by Congress.

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