New border controls take effect Thursday
Norway became the latest Scandinavian nation to respond to a deepening refugee crisis by introducing border controls. Norway, which is part of Europe’s passport-free region even though it isn’t a member of the European Union, said that starting Thursday, the measures will aim to prevent refugees spilling out of Sweden into Norway. Sweden has amended its budget to take into account the extra cost of absorbing 350,000 people this year and next.
Army kills three militants in Kashmir
The Indian army killed three militants in the Kashmir region in an hourslong gun battle at an army base close to the highly militarized border with Pakistan. A civilian was also killed, and a soldier was wounded. The battle began when militants started firing on an army camp from the Indian side of the border.
Palestinian killed after stabbing soldier
A Palestinian assailant was shot and killed by Israeli forces after stabbing and seriously wounding an Israeli soldier in the West Bank, the latest in a two-month wave of violence. The Israeli military said the soldier was stabbed near the West Bank city of Hebron. Troops shot the attacker. The attack came a day after Secretary of State John Kerry visited the region to calm tensions.
UAE dispatches mercenaries to war
The United Arab Emirates has secretly dispatched hundreds of Colombian mercenaries to Yemen to fight in that country’s raging conflict, adding a volatile new element in a complex proxy war. It is the first combat deployment for a foreign army that the Emirates has quietly built over the past five years. The arrival in Yemen of 450 Latin American troops — among them are also Panamanian, Salvadoran and Chilean soldiers — adds to the chaotic stew of government armies, armed tribes, terrorist networks and Yemeni militias currently at war in the country.
Gas deliveries to Ukraine halted
Russia and Ukraine sank further into a widening trade war as Russia halted all gas deliveries to Ukraine and Ukraine banned Russian airlines from transiting over its airspace. Tensions have heightened over the disputed peninsula of Crimea, which Russia annexed in March 2014. Following a blackout in Crimea prompted by an explosion that downed several electricity pylons on Ukrainian territory, the two countries have traded punitive measures.
Pilot ejects after training crash
An F-16 fighter jet from an Air Force base in Arizona crashed while on training mission in New Mexico, but the pilot safely ejected. The Fighting Falcon went down near Salinas Peak. An Air Force team will investigate.