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Terror victims win Supreme Court judgment against Iran

Beirut bombing of US Marine baseThe Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a judgment allowing families of victims of the 1983 Marine barracks bombing in Beirut and other terrorist attacks to collect nearly $2 billion in frozen Iranian funds.

The court on Wednesday ruled 6-2 in favor of more than 1,300 relatives of the 241 U.S. service members who died in the Beirut bombing and victims of other attacks that courts have linked to Iran.


Sharp 6.1 tremor hits Ecuador; biggest post-quake aftershock

Ecuador aftershocksA fresh tremor rattled Ecuador before dawn Wednesday, a magnitude-6.1 magnitude jolt that set babies crying and adults pouring into the streets, fearful of yet more damage following a monster earthquake over the weekend.

It was the strongest aftershock yet following the magnitude-7.8 quake that killed more than 500 people.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the tremor was centered offshore, 25 kilometers (15 miles) west of the devastated beach town of Muisne, at 3:33 a.m. local time (4:33 EDT; 0833 GMT).


Obama lands in Saudi Arabia for potentially tense visit

Obama lands in Saudi ArabiaUnited States President Barack Obama landed in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday in what is being billed as an effort to end wars in Syria and Yemen and ease tensions between Washington and Riyadh.

Obama will meet King Salman and will attend a summit on Thursday with leaders of six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, at which he will be joined by US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Secretary of State John Kerry.


Israeli convicted of murdering Palestinian teen

Israeli convicgted of killing palestinian teenAn Israeli court has convicted an Israeli man of kidnapping and killing 16-year-old Palestinian Mohammed Abu Khdeir after it rejected the defendant's defence team plea of insanity.

The court ruled on Tuesday that Yosef Haim Ben David, 33, was sane and in control of his actions when he and accomplices kidnapped and murdered Abu Khdeir on July 2, 2014.


Suicide car bomber attacks heart of Afghanistan's Kabul

Kabul bombing At least 28 people were killed and more than 300 wounded when a suicide bomber blew up a bus full of explosives near a government security building in the heart of Kabul.

After the intial blast, which was described as huge by witnesses, armed men and more suicide bombers stormed the heavily-guarded compound, police said.


UN ambassador's motorcade hits, kills boy

UN Ambassador's care hits child in CameroonU.N. Ambassador Samantha Power's trip to Cameroon's front lines in the war against Boko Haram started horrifically Monday as an armored jeep in her motorcade struck and killed a young boy who darted into the road.

The incident occurred near the small city of Mokolo, in northern Cameroon, where Power, her aides and accompanying journalists were headed to meet refugees and others displaced by the years of brutal attacks across West Africa.

All those meetings included small children.

Power said she learned of the death with "great sorrow."


Ethiopia attack: 200 people dead, 100 children missing

Getachew RedaThe death toll from a raid carried out by attackers from South Sudan in western Ethiopia has risen to 208 people, an Ethiopian official said, adding that 108 children were kidnapped.

By Sunday afternoon, the number had risen to "208 dead and 75 people wounded" from a figure of 140 a day earlier, government spokesman Getachew Reda told the Reuters news agency.


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