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MCT International Budget for Sunday, July 6, 2014

Updated at 0330 UTC (11:30 p.m. U.S. EDT Saturday).

Additional news stories, including full U.S. coverage, appear on the MCT-NEWS-BJT and MCT-NEWSFEATURES-BJT.

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 5, 2014 at 10:21 pm •  Published: July 5, 2014


McClatchy-Tribune News Service

MCT International Budget for Sunday, July 6, 2014

Updated at 0330 UTC (11:30 p.m. U.S. EDT Saturday).

Additional news stories, including full U.S. coverage, appear on the MCT-NEWS-BJT and MCT-NEWSFEATURES-BJT.


^Violence spreads in wake of slaying of Palestinian teenager<

MIDEAST:LA _ Rage over the killing of a Palestinian teenager in Jerusalem spread Saturday as protests in Arab-Israeli communities turned into violent clashes with Israeli police.

Junctions and roads near the village of Kalansuwa were blocked by security forces after hundreds of demonstrators tossed rocks, assaulted drivers and torched the cars of those identified to be Jewish.

Mohammed Abu Khdeir's burned body was found in a wooded area just west of Jerusalem, a few hours after eyewitnesses told police the 16-year-old had been forced into a car Wednesday in his village of Shuafat in what his family and neighbors believe was revenge for the recent killing of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank.

550 by Batsheva Sobelman in Jerusalem. MOVED


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MIDEAST-1ST-LEDE:WA _ 850 (with trims) by Joel Greenberg in Jerusalem. MOVED

^For family of suspect in killings of 3 teens, opposition to Israel is nothing new <

MIDEAST-SUSPECT-CORRECTION:WA _ Marwan Qawasmeh, a 29-year-old barber from one of Hebron's oldest families, used to live in a complex with his father, two brothers, their wives and all their children.

Today, Qawasmeh is missing, hunted by Israeli authorities as one of two suspects in the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers whose disappearances and deaths now threaten to inflame the harsh revenge-driven violence that has caused so much bloodshed and defies efforts at negotiation.

On Saturday, Palestinian authorities announced that a Palestinian teenager who was kidnapped a day after the three teenagers were buried had been burned alive by his abductors _ news that can only make a tense situation worse.

1450 (with trims) by Daniella Cheslow in Hebron, West Bank. MOVED


^Ukrainian forces report major victory in area held by rebels<

UKRAINE:LA _ Government forces made a major advance Saturday in a nearly three-month fight against pro-Russian militants, raising the national flag back over the town of Slovyansk in eastern Ukraine.

"Mr. President, the order to liberate Slovyansk has been fulfilled," Defense Minister Valery Geletey reported to President Petro Poroshenko in a statement posted on the presidential website on Saturday. "This very moment the state banner of Ukraine was raised over Slovyansk city council in front of a line-up of Ukrainian soldiers."

Slovyansk, an industrial center of 100,000 people in the coal-mining Donetsk region, was captured by gunmen on April 12, a move shortly followed by similar raids in dozens of other cities and towns of eastern Ukraine, including the regional capital cities of Donetsk and Luhansk.

700 by Sergei L. Loiko in Kiev, Ukraine. MOVED


^Islamic State releases video of its leader in Mosul in new assertion of authority<

IRAQ-2ND-LEDE:WA _ The Islamic State on Saturday released a video of what it said was its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, directing Friday prayers in one of Mosul's oldest mosques, an event that not only displayed the group's military control over Iraq's second largest city but also served as a bold assertion of religious authority.

In the video, al-Baghdadi is referred to as the Caliph Ibrahim, a reference to the Islamic caliphate that the group announced a week ago in the area it controls in Syria and Iraq and to which, it claims, all Muslims owe their allegiance.

The appearance of al-Baghdadi at such a public gathering underscored the transition that the Islamic State, once a shadowy terrorist group most recently known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, is making to assert itself as a sovereign entity.

1500 (with trims) by Mitchell Prothero in Irbil, Iraq. MOVED


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IRAQ:LA _ 850 (with trims) by Nabih Bulos and Patrick J. McDonnell in Baghdad. MOVED

^Iraq's Shiites fight for their shrines and their creed<

IRAQ-SHIITES:LA _ One by one the young volunteers approached the majestic Kadhimiya shrine, the holiest site of Shiite Islam in the Iraqi capital. They sought blessings before heading off to war and uncertain fates.

"We will fight, and if we have to give our lives, we will," said Abdullah Hussein Ali, 21, accompanied by his younger brother Rami, who also signed up for the battle. "We have no choice. It is a question of survival."

The prospect of an assault on the capital, and on the great shrines of Shiite Islam, by al-Qaida-style Sunni Arab militants has jolted Iraq's Shiite masses into action. The military appears to have halted the insurgents' advance on Baghdad, but the threat of a militant assault or renewed suicide bomb campaign within the city remains very real.

950 (with trims) by Patrick J. McDonnell in Baghdad. MOVED

^Shiite Najaf's power brokers find many faults with al-Maliki, but sectarianism isn't among them<

IRAQ-SHIITES:WA _ The turbaned clerics, powerful dynasts and militia commanders who run this Shiite Muslim holy city have plenty of gripes about Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

He behaves like a dictator, they typically begin, then list the many other ills they see in al-Maliki's teetering administration: corruption, cronyism, failure to build a military and an over-reliance on foreign patrons. But there's one conspicuous omission to their charges.

Najaf's power brokers, who wield enormous influence with the political class in Baghdad, can't bring themselves to acknowledge al-Maliki's sectarian policies as among the reasons an al-Qaida splinter group was able to carve a self-proclaimed caliphate from Sunni Muslim territories in the north and west of the country.

This disconnect from _ and some would call it a willful blindness to _ Sunni grievances signals that the more inclusive Iraq called for by the Obama administration as a condition for deeper U.S. assistance will remain elusive regardless of whether al-Maliki remains in office.

1350 (with trims) by Hannah Allam in Najaf, Iraq. MOVED

^What's a caliphate? News puts focus on ancient form of government<

IRAQ-CALIPHATE-QA:WA _ When the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria announced Sunday that it was changing its name and reviving the caliphate, the news lit up the Internet and headlined news reports around the world.

But what is a caliphate? And what is the self-described Islamic State hoping to achieve with its declaration?

The answers, experts say, have more to do with the Sunni militant group's rivalry with al-Qaida than with any plan to replicate the last caliphate, which was abolished in 1924 after the fall of the Ottoman Empire.

950 by Lindsay Wise in Washington. MOVED



^Egypt confirms death sentences of 10 Muslim Brotherhood members<

EGYPT:DPA _ An Egyptian court Saturday confirmed the death sentences of 10 top members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, on charges of inciting deadly violence last year and blocking a road north of Cairo while protesting the ouster of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi.

One of the 10 sentenced in absentia is Abdel-Rahman al-Barr, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood's top executive office, known as the Guidance Council.

200 by Walid Zaki and Ramadan Al-Fatash in Cairo. MOVED

^At least 6 killed in car bombing near Somali parliament<

SOMALIA:DPA _ At least six people were killed Saturday in a suicide car bombing close to the Somali parliament in Mogadishu, the authorities said.

Security official Mohamed Hassan said three soldiers were killed and that the bomber was believed to be from the radical Islamist group al-Shabaab.

Police spokesman Qasim Ahmed Roble said the blast affected a settlement of people who had fled a 2011 famine, killing two children.

300 by Mohamed Odowa in Mogadishu, Somalia. MOVED

^Ecuador's president may seek ultimate job security: indefinite re-election<

ECUADOR:MI _ Franklin D. Roosevelt had it, so did Venezuela's Hugo Chavez and so does Nicaragua's Daniel Ortega. Could Ecuador's Rafael Correa be the next president to win the right to consecutive and indefinite re-election?

That's the question the country's constitutional court is debating, and the answer could radically change the future of this Andean nation of 16 million.

After years of vowing that he wouldn't seek office when his term ends in 2017, Correa recently announced that his Alianza Pais political party would push for a constitutional amendment that would open the gates for the charismatic socialist to keep his job permanently.

Stung by recent municipal elections where his party lost key cities, including the capital, Correa said the change is needed to preserve the advances of his "Citizens' Revolution."

950 (with trims) by Jim Wyss in Quito, Ecuador. MOVED



^Deportation data won't dispel rumors drawing migrant minors to US<

IMMIGRATION-CHILDREN-ADV07:TBW _ President Barack Obama and his aides have repeatedly sought to dispel the rumors driving thousands of children and teens from Central America to cross the U.S. border each month with the expectation they will be given a permiso and allowed to stay.

But under the Obama administration, those reports have proved increasingly true.

The number of immigrants under 18 who were deported or turned away at ports of entry fell from 8,143 in 2008, the last year of the George W. Bush administration, to 1,669 last year, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement data released under a Freedom of Information Act request.

1450 (with trims) by Brian Bennett in Washington. MOVED

^Miami chef accused of working for Sinaloa cartel<

CHEF-DRUGCARTEL:MI _ Until recently, a Mexican national lived in a two-story single-family home in the Miami suburb of West Kendall.

According to public records, Pedro Delgado S nchez, 47, was a chef who, along with his wife, owned a Mexican food company called El Rinconcito Mexican Catering.

But federal investigators say that Delgado S nchez was leading a double life. They say he was working as a covert agent linked to the Sinaloa cartel, a powerful Mexican drug-trafficking organization led by Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzm n Loera, who was arrested in February in Mazatl n _ a resort on the Pacific coast of Sinaloa state.

1000 (with trims) by Alfonso Chardy in Miami. MOVED

^Researchers show how early stress hurts brain development<

MED-STRESS-BRAIN:MW _ A team of University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers has shown that chronic stress of poverty, neglect and physical abuse in early life may shrink the parts of a child's developing brain responsible for memory, learning and processing emotion.

While early-life stress already has been linked to depression, anxiety, heart disease, cancer and a lack of educational and employment success, researchers have long been seeking to understand what part of the brain is affected by stress to help guide interventions.

The UW research recently published in the journal Biological Psychiatry adds to a growing body of research linking chronic stress early in life to brain development. The research focused on two brain regions _ the hippocampus and amygdala _ that are involved in memory, learning and processing emotion.

600 by Karen Herzog in Milwaukee. MOVED

^US reverses proposal to list wolverine as threatened species<

ENV-WOLVERINE:LA _ A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service official has ordered federal biologists to withdraw their conclusion that the last 300 wolverines in the continental United States deserve threatened species status.

The biologists had recommended the protection on grounds that climate change is destined to destroy the near arctic conditions of the remaining animals' habitat _ even though the population of about 300 has shown signs of slight growth in recent years.

600 by Louis Sahagun. MOVED



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