Peru Police Display Record 7.7-Ton Cocaine Haul

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Peru police display record 7.7-ton cocaine haul in Lima hangar

Ukraine Battleground: What We Know Now

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Russia pressed Ukraine to call a ceasefire in its battle to wrest control of eastern Ukraine from rebels, but Ukraine’s leaders have responded with defiance.

“A great war has come, the likes of which Europe has not seen since the Second World War,� Ukrainian Defense Minister Valeriy Heletey said on his Facebook page Monday.

Uruguay: Guantanamo Prisoner Transfer Not Imminent

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Uruguay official: transfer of 6 prisoners from Guantanamo at least 2-3 months off

Turkish President Seeks 2-State Deal in Cyprus

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Turkey’s president says Cyprus reunification deal should be based on 2-state partnership

Mexico Sees Massive Fish Die-off at Lake

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Mexico sees massive fish die-off at lake, as river wildlife dies from spill

Uruguay Says Guantanamo Prisoner Not Imminent

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Uruguay official: transfer of 6 prisoners from Guantanamo at least 2-3 months off

Iraqi Prime Minister Pledges to Root out Militants

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Outgoing Iraqi prime minister pledges to turn country into ‘big grave’ for Sunni militants

Nigerian Forces Clash With Boko Haram Fighters

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Scores dead as Nigerian security forces defend town against attack by Boko Haram extremists

ISIS Turning Old Enemies into Awkward Allies

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The Islamic army known as ISIS is turning old enemies into awkward allies.

Rights Group: Witness for Report on Egypt Detained

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Human Rights Watch says witness for its report on mass killings in Egypt last summer detained

Ukraine Town Digs WWI-Style Trenches To Fend Off Rebels

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A network of trenches dug by Ukrainian volunteers is all that stands between the city of Mariupol and Russian rebel forces who have taken over a nearby town.

Paris Suburb Building Blast Death Toll Reaches 8

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Death toll in Paris suburb from building explosion increases to 8

Last-Minute Effort to End Crisis With Yemen Rebels

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Yemen presidential envoy in talks with Shiite rebels in last-minute effort to end crisis

Albanian Main Opposition Party Boycotts Parliament

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Albanian main opposition party boycotts Parliament, saying Socialist government ignores it

Western Governments Step Up Efforts to Block ISIS Recruits

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Dan Kitwood/Getty Images(LONDON) — Alarmed by the attempt by a 16-year-old French girl to travel to Turkey this weekend allegedly to join the Islamic militant army of ISIS, the French government is urging parents to call a toll-free hotline if they know of anyone they believe may be considering joining the terror group.

It was the latest attempt by Western governments to prevent their citizens from joining the jihadist group where they could be trained in terror tactics and bring those lethal strategies back home.

The French teenager was arrested Saturday in the Nice airport in the south of France as she tried to board a plane to Turkey with the alleged intention of joining ISIS in Syria. Authorities announced that several hours later, they caught a 20-year-old man who had allegedly recruited her and paid for her plane ticket. The girl’s parents reportedly had no idea about their daughter’s plans and the statement said that airport police were responsible for her arrest.

In a statement released Sunday, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve called on the parents of young people to use the hotline if their children exhibit “a disturbing trend of violent radicalization.”

The hotline was established just over four months ago — well before the threat posed by ISIS was fully understood by the American public — and the Interior Ministry reports they have received almost 300 calls. A quarter of those calls were about children who were suspected of getting involved with the terrorist group and 45% were about suspicious women and girls. It is unclear how many of those calls led to arrests.

France is the Western country with the most citizens who have joined ISIS and militant fighters in Syria and Iraq. An estimated 700 French citizens have joined the cause, followed by 500 citizens of the United Kingdom who have come under similar suspicion.

Prime Minister David Cameron spoke at Parliament Monday calling for greater anti-terror legislation, including giving police the ability to seize passports at airports. He said that the measures will help address “specific gaps in our armory.”

The proposed changes come three days after the British government increased their national terror threat level from “substantial” to “severe” for the first time in three years. The “severe” threat level is the second highest in the U.K.’s threat level system, topped only by “critical” which is used to indicate that an attack is “expected imminently.”

U.S. security forces took a different approach when they realized there was a 19-year-old woman in Denver who was planning on traveling to Turkey to join a jihadist group after connecting with a 32-year-old Tunisian man.

The woman, Shannon Maureen Conley, had eight interviews with police and FBI agents over the course of the six months leading up to her arrest at Denver’s international airport on April 8 – and the charging document reveals that she repeatedly spoke about her support of jihad and how she wanted to associate with terrorists in the hope of helping them. The Justice Department confirmed on Aug. 11 that a plea deal had been reached in the case but they did not release any information about what the deal entailed.

The British push to have police take passports away from suspected jihadist fighters comes nearly two months after the Australian government began doing so.

“I’ve canceled a number of passports on the advice of intelligence agencies,” Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said June 16.

An estimated 150 Australians are believed to have joined the fighting in Syria.

“We are concerned that Australians are working with them [ISIS], becoming radicalized, learning the terrorist trade, and if they come back to Australia, of course it poses a security threat,” Bishop said.

American authorities have not announced specific steps they have taken to prevent citizens from joining ISIS or other Islamic groups, though they have reported an estimated 100 or so cases of U.S. citizens leaving the country to train and fight with ISIS. Special attention is being paid to Minneapolis and St. Paul in Minnesota as nearly a dozen of the suspects have ties to the city.

The White House confirmed the death in Syria of Minnesotan Douglas McAuthur McCain, who records show was born in Chicago but was schooled in Minneapolis. An opposition group in Syria, the Free Syrian Army, claimed McCain was fighting with ISIS. The FSA also claimed another American ISIS member had been killed in recent fighting.

FBI officers have been aware of disaffected Muslim youths traveling abroad to join radical groups for years, as many Minnesotans went to fight in Somalia starting in 2007.

“In Somalia, it started as a nationalistic call… [but] we’ve now seen where some individuals perhaps are not interested or not inclined to travel to Somalia, [they] start to branch out to other hot spots around the globe, obviously Syria being among them,” Kyle Loven, the FBI’s Chief Division Counsel in Minneapolis, told ABC News.

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Body of Slain Soldier Returned to Lebanese Army

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Body of Lebanese soldier killed by Islamic militants returned as his comrades still held

Prince William and Kate Spotted in London Train Station

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Chris Jackson/Getty Images(LONDON) — The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge appeared just like any other young parents returning home after a quick country trip away as they rushed through one of London’s busiest train stations Friday.

William and Kate, both 32, caused a few double-takes as fellow travelers spotted them beneath the baseball caps they each paired with casual clothes while carrying their own bags through the rush-hour crowd at London’s Kings Cross station.

The Duke and Duchess were spotted traveling with their beloved dog, Lupo, but without their 1-year-old son, Prince George.

“It doesn’t surprise me at all,” said ABC News’ royal contributor, Victoria Murphy, of the high-profile couple’s low-profile means of travel. “I think that they are very keen to do things in the most efficient way and also in the most cost-effective way and I think that they want as little fuss as possible.”

“They think like other people: What’s the best way to get from A to B,” Murphy said.

The royal couple was believed to be traveling home from Norfolk, the site of their country home, Anmer Hall, where they will be living when Prince William begins his new job as an ambulance helicopter pilot.

William and Kate were also spotted out together on a date night during their time away. The royals were reportedly seen walking hand-in-hand into a local pub that Prince William had driven his wife to himself.

Kate has reportedly been busy decorating Anmer Hall, a gift from the queen for William’s 30th birthday, to make it a home fit for two future kings. The 10-bedroom mansion is based on the queen’s 20,000-acre private Sandringham estate in Norfolk, close to the East Anglian Air Ambulance service, where Prince William will work.

The home is in the final stages of a two-year renovation, including a large conservatory for the family. It already includes a pool and tennis court and renovations are said to have reportedly added accommodations for protection officers and Prince George’s nanny.

Prince William will begin a five-month training period for his Air Transport Pilot’s license this month, the palace has said.

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Inside the US Embassy’s Annex in Libya Overrun by Militia

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The U.S. embassy residential annex in Libya that was taken over by an Islamist-allied militia this weekend features an in-ground pool, a tennis court and a weight room in the palatial compound.

Battle-Hit Ukraine Village Picks up the Pieces

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Residents in rebel-held village in east Ukraine pick up pieces as fighting rages on

Belfast Bomb Alert Snarls Roads on IRA Anniversary

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Bomb threat shuts major motorway through Belfast on 20th anniversary of landmark IRA truce

Monday Marks Dark Anniversary in Russia

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Oleg Nikishin/Getty Images(MOSCOW) — Monday marks one of the darkest anniversaries in Russia’s recent history.

Ten years ago, on Sept. 1, 2004, a group of 32 pro-Chechen gunmen burst into School Number 1 in Beslan in the southern Russian republic of North Ossetia. They stormed the school during the “first bell” celebration marking the beginning of the school year.

More than 1,000 people – children and adults – were held hostage for three days: 334 of them were killed, most dying in a bloody gun battle when Russian special forces stormed the school gymnasium where the hostages were being kept, which the militants had littered with mines and bombs. More than 800 hostages were injured.

The hostage crisis in Beslan and the bungled rescue was a defining moment in Putin’s war in southern Russia. The sole gunman who survived was jailed but spared the death penalty.

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Ex-Romanian Foreign Minister Under Communism Dies

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Ex Romanian foreign minister who decreased Romania’s dependence on Soviet Union dies

US Launches Air Strikes, Drops Humanitarian Aid in Iraq

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The United States launched more airstrikes Saturday targeting ISIS militants.

Reportedly Australia, France, and the United Kingdom assisted the U.S. in delivering the international aid by dropping food and water to thousands who’ve been cut off by ISIS in the beleaguered Iraqi town of Amirli.

The Pentagon is saying that these strikes are specifically in support of the humanitarian mission and they will be limited in both there scope and duration.

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Sunday Marks 17 Years Since Princess Diana’s Death

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Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images(LONDON) — Sunday marks 17 years since Princess Diana was killed in a car crash in Paris.

Princess Diana initially survived the Aug. 31, 1997, limousine crash, but later died from her injuries. Egyptian film producer Dodi Al-Fayed and the driver were also killed. A bodyguard was seriously injured.

French authorities investigating the crash found the driver had a high level of alcohol in his system when the crash happened. The paparazzi trailing Princess Diana was also scrutinized.

Thousands turned up for her funeral, held at Westminster Abbey.

Born Lady Diana Spencer, she became the Princess of Wales when she married Prince Charles in 1981. They had two children – Princes William and Harry – before they divorced in 1996.

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Putin to Ukraine: Begin Immediate Talks on East

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Putin calls on Ukraine to begin talks on eastern regions’ ‘statehood’

Partial Building Collapse in Paris Suburb Kills 1

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Apartment building partially collapses in Paris suburb after explosion, 1 child killed

Report: Iran Car Crash Kills 14, Including Afghans

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Report: Car loaded with Afghans migrants crashes in southern Iran, killing 14 people

Algeria Soccer Death Seen Part of a Wider Ills

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Stoning death of Algerian soccer player seen as part of a wider national troubles

Today Marks Anniversary of Princess Diana’s Death

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Today marks 17 years since Princess Diana was killed in a car crash in Paris while trying to escape the paparazzi.

Locust Swarm Descends Upon Madagascar’s Capital

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iStock/Thinkstock(ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar) — A swarm of millions of locusts descended upon Madagascar’s capital of Antananarivo on Thursday, slowing traffic and blotting out the skies over the city.

Fully-formed clouds of the insects, which have plagued the African nation for more than two years, whizzed through the city’s streets after an urban heat wave attracted the bugs away from their usual rural surroundings.

“It reminds us of the 10 plagues of Egypt,” said Ronald Miller, a missionary working in Madagascar with his family.

The current plague began in April 2012, leading to a national disaster declaration in Madagascar in November of that year, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

The island nation’s government announced a three-year emergency plan in September 2013, when the locusts threatened food security of more than 13 million people, almost 60 percent of Madagascar’s population.

FAO officer Annie Monard told Voice of America that the locust swarms in the city were caused by unusually high temperatures, not a new surge in the pest population. So far, the FAO and Madagascar’s government have succeeded in controlling the pests in over 4,600 square miles of agricultural land. Madagascar’s emergency plan will continue until 2016 and is expected to cost more than $41 million.

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