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Official: Teens were likely kidnapped in West bank...Ukrainian military transport shot down: 49 dead

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jun. 14, 2014 at 3:41 a.m.

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JERUSALEM (AP) — A senior Israeli military official says the working assumption is that three teenagers, including an American missing in the West bank have been "kidnapped by Palestinian terrorists" and that he "could not confirm if they are alive or dead." Israeli security forces are scouring the West Bank. A Palestinian security spokesman says the area of the disappearance is under full Israeli control.

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian officials say nine crew and 40 service members are dead after their military transport was shot down in troubled eastern Ukraine by pro-Russian separatists. The Ukrainian prosecutor general's office also says a criminal investigation had been opened under anti-terrorism laws. Officials say the plane was attempting to land at Lugansk, near the Russian border.

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says his country is ready to step in if Iraq asks for help against Sunni militants who have seized cities in northern Iraq this week. Rouhani tells a news conference Tehran has "no option but to confront terrorism." Rouhani suggests the militants are linked to Iraqi politicians who lost in parliamentary elections held in April. Shiite powerhouse Iran has strong ties with Baghdad's Shiite leaders.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghans are trying to settle the presidential race by casting ballots today in a runoff amid tight security. Both candidates promise to improve ties with the West and combat corruption. Whoever wins faces major security and economic challenges in Afghanistan.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings won their second Stanley Cup in three years, beating the New York Rangers 3-2 in double overtime of game five. The win triggered a joyous downtown celebration by black-clad Kings fans.

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