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Kabul airport comes under rocket attack

KABUL, Afghanistan — Militants used rockets to attack Kabul International Airport in the Afghan capital today, a senior military official said.

The attackers occupied two buildings 700 yards north of the airport and were using them as a base to fire rockets and guns toward the airport and coalition jet fighters, said Afzal Aman, a general in the Afghan army in Kabul. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

Aman said the militants had been surrounded by Afghan forces. Two of the attackers have been killed, he said.— AP

Seven get life sentences for sexual assaults during rallies

CAIRO - An Egyptian court sentenced seven men to life in prison on Wednesday for sexual assaults on women during public rallies in Cairo's Tahrir Square in the first such heavy sentences since the government vowed to crack down on rampant sexual violence.

The charges stemmed from four different incidents of sexual assault this year and last year, including during celebrations of the inauguration of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in June.

Videos of the brutal attacks posted online caused a public outcry.— AP

Assad declares victory as he begins third term

BEIRUT — In a lavish ceremony, a smiling and confident President Bashar Assad was sworn in for a third seven-year term Wednesday, praising his supporters for "defeating the dirty war" and denouncing insurgents who have "failed in trying to brainwash you or break your will."

As he declared victory, the Western-backed push to topple him or reach a political deal seemed increasingly unlikely. And while new conflicts in the region have grabbed attention, Syria's three-year-old civil war is grinding on without reprieve, with 170,000 dead and a third of the country displaced.—AP

Swedish court upholds detention order on Assange

STOCKHOLM-ASwedish court on Wednesday upheld its detention order on Julian Assange, reaffirming the legal basis for an international warrant for the WikiLeaks founder that has kept him hiding in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London for two years.

Assange has not been formally indicted in Sweden, but he is wanted for questioning by police over allegations of sexual misconduct and rape involving two women he met during a visit to the Scandinavian country in 2010.

Swedish prosecutors have ruled out the possibility of questioning him in London. — AP

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