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Syrian rebels seize troops in Lebanese town

Lebanon

Syrian rebels seize troops in Lebanese town

Rebels fighting in Syria's civil war crossed into Lebanon and raided a border town Saturday, killing and capturing security force members in the most serious incursion into Lebanon during Syria's 3-year-old conflict. The rebels demanded to trade soldiers and police officers it captured in Arsal for some of the "most dangerous detainees," the Lebanese army said in a statement. The town is about 55 miles from the capital, Beirut. A picture posted online allegedly showed gunmen driving away with about a dozen men, two of them in police uniforms. Lebanon's state-run National News Agency reported that the gunmen killed two soldiers and wounded several others.

Nepal

Landslide kills 8 and blocks river

A massive landslide killed at least eight people and blocked a mountain river in northern Nepal on Saturday, causing the water to form a lake that was threatening to burst and sweep several villages, officials said. The death toll in the Sindhupalchowk area could climb because many houses were buried under piles of rock and soil or submerged by the rising water, said police official Arun Chetri.

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Tropical storm dumps heavy rain

Tropical Storm Bertha swirled over the eastern Dominican Republic late Saturday after whipping Puerto Rico with heavy rains and strong winds that knocked out power in parts of the region. The storm's maximum sustained winds dropped slightly to 45 mph, but slow strengthening was expected by Monday. Bertha was centered about 60 miles east-northeast of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and was moving west-northwest at 22 mph Saturday evening.

Philadelphia

Man charged in shooting of girl, 3

A 22-year-old man has been arrested and charged with murder in the shooting death of a 3-year-old Philadelphia girl who was sitting on a front porch when an argument broke out, police said Saturday. Douglas Woods of Philadelphia faces multiple charges, police said. Three-year-old Tynirah Borum was shot in the chest by a stray bullet while getting her hair braided about 9:40 p.m. Friday, according to police. Three adults were injured, one critically. Police said a man on a bicycle and a 24-year-old man argued, and the cyclist fired three shots from a handgun.

Elsewhere

Ukraine: International experts examining the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine on Saturday found more remains of victims overlooked by local emergency personnel who first searched the debris two weeks ago.

China: Sixty-eight people were killed and nearly 200 others injured, most with severe burns, after an explosion Saturday at an automotive parts factory in the eastern city of Kunshan, officials said.

Times wires

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