Saudi Arabia

Syrian opposition groups unite

Syrian opposition and rebel groups agreed for the first time to unite behind a single body and principles that will form the basis for peace negotiations next year. Meeting in Riyadh, they agreed that their goal should be the exit of President Bashar Assad and the creation of a democratic state.


Brothers with ISIL links arrested

Police arrested Iraqi twin brothers suspected of being members of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant and of shooting 11 unarmed prisoners in Iraq in 2014. The National Bureau of Investigation said that the men had arrived in September and the national broadcaster reported that they were asylum seekers.


Heathrow expansion decision delayed

Prime Minister David Cameron again delayed a decision on whether to allow another runway at Heathrow Airport. He postponed the decision in 2012 and now put it off until after the May 2016 election for London mayor. He said more research into environmental effects is needed.


Geneva's terror alert level is raised

Authorities in Geneva raised the city's level of alert and deployed additional police officers in an apparent search for terrorist suspects. The Geneva office of security said that as part of the investigations following the Paris attacks, it had been notified by federal authorities that "suspicious individuals" may be in the city or surrounding areas.


Thai official seeks political asylum

Thailand's highest-ranking police investigator in charge of human trafficking fled to Australia, saying that he feared for his life after his findings implicated "influential people" at home who want to silence him. Police Maj. Gen. Paween Pongsirin said that he planned to seek political asylum.

Washington, D.C.

Proposal would protect refuges

About 5,000 oil and gas wells sit on national wildlife refuges and more than 1,000 are spewing oil and brine because regulations don't force owners to plug leaks that harm animals. The Obama administration wants to require companies seeking to drill in refuges to obtain a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service permit before altering operations in any way.


Threat prompts campus lockdown

An armed man who had posted on Facebook that he was homicidal drove onto Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, sparking a campus lockdown before police took him into custody without any shots fired. The man was arrested about an hour after the incident began. Police spokesman identified the man as Brad Kenneth Bartelt, 47.

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