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Al-Qaida splinter group declares new Islamic state...2 survivors pulled from India collapse...30 dead on migrant boat

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jun. 30, 2014 at 1:51 a.m.



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BAGHDAD (AP) — An al-Qaida breakaway group's declaration of the establishment of a new Islamic state could further strain relations with other militant groups. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has seized much of Syria and Iraq. But Sunday's declaration by the Sunni extremist group could trigger a wave of infighting among Sunni militant factions that form a loose alliance in the blitz across Iraq.

NEW DELHI (AP) — Rescuers have pulled two survivors from the huge pile of broken concrete left by the collapse of an 11-story building that killed at least 19 people in southern India. Seasonal monsoon rains are complicating the search, but rescuers say they hope to find more people alive after rescuing a woman and a man today — two days after the collapse.

BOSTON (AP) — A friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) goes on trial on federal court in Boston for obstruction of justice. Authorities accuse Azamat Tazhayakov (AZ'-maht tuh-ZAY'-uh-kahv) of removing a backpack containing fireworks from Tsarnaev's dorm room at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth several days after last year's attack. Jury selection begins today.

ROME (AP) — The Italian navy says some 30 people have died inside a packed smugglers' boat making its way to Italy. RAI state radio says a navy frigate rescued nearly 600 people from the fishing boat in the Canal of Sicily late Sunday. The estimated 30 dead were believed to have suffocated. The navy says it rescued some 1,577 migrants over the weekend, adding to the nearly 60,000 who have made their way to Italy since the beginning of the year.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea is demanding that South Korea cancel annual military drills with the U.S. this summer to promote a reconciliation atmosphere ahead of the Asian Games. North Korea has said it would take part in the games to be held in the South Korean city of Incheon from Sept. 19-Oct. 4. The North isn't saying what it'll do if the drills go ahead.

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