Maine

Two dead in shooting rampage

A former convict beat a man and stole guns and a pickup truck before shooting five people, two of them fatally, during a rampage across several northern Maine towns. Anthony Lord, who faces murder and kidnapping charges, was arrested at his uncle's home in Houlton, and a woman who was being held with him was safe, State Police Lt. Sean Hashey said. Investigators were searching for a motive for the shootings that left 58-year-old Kevin Tozier and 22-year-old Kyle Hewitt dead. Two other men and one woman were being treated.

South Africa

300 injured in rush-hour train collision

A commuter train crashed into another passenger train during rush hour in Johannesburg, injuring more than 300 people. Nana Radebe, spokeswoman for Johannesburg Emergency Services, said 326 people were rushed to nearby hospitals with minor to serious injuries. No fatalities were reported. The trains were on the same track and it appeared that a traveling train collided with a stationary train.

Iraq

Car bombing claims at least 80 lives

A suicide car bombing in Iraq's eastern Diyala province killed at least 80 people gathered at a marketplace to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Iraqi police officials said at least 40 people were also wounded in the attack in the town of Khan Beni Saad. The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Britain

Syrian airstrikes underway despite ban

British pilots are conducting airstrikes in Syria as part of the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, the Ministry of Defense confirmed, even though Parliament voted two years ago against military action there. In September, Britain joined Australia, Belgium, Denmark, France, the Netherlands and several Arab states in supporting the fight against ISIL. Lawmakers agreed to military operations in Iraq.

Nigeria

Boko Haram attacks leave at least 15 dead

Islamic extremists chose open-air praying grounds for suicide bombings on one of the holiest days of the Muslim calendar. At least 15 people died as they prepared to celebrate Eid al-Fitr in northeastern Damaturu, police said.

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