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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A senior military officer in North Korea has held a rare "emergency situation briefing" for diplomats and military attaches in Pyongyang. The North has given South Korea until 5 p.m. North Korean time Saturday to stop anti-Pyongyang propaganda broadcasts across the demilitarized zone or face military retaliation. Both countries exchanged artillery fire yesterday and South Korea's leader is ordering the military to respond immediately if North Korea launches fresh provocation.
IDOMENI, Greece (AP) — Special police forces in Macedonia are firing stun grenades to clear out thousands of migrants stuck on a no-man's land with Greece. Yesterday, Macedonia declared a state of emergency on its borders to deal with a massive influx of migrants heading north to the European Union. Greek police say some 3,000 migrants who spent the night out in the open made several attempts today to charge Macedonian police after the border was shut to crossings the previous day.
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Israel's air force reportedly has carried out a drone strike in southern Syria today, killing five civilians. Syrian state TV is reporting that the drone targeted a "civilian car" in the village of Kom, near a busy market. State TV also says an air raid just before midnight Thursday killed a soldier and wounded seven. The raid came hours after militants in Syria fired several rockets into northern Israel Thursday afternoon.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Congolese warlord convicted of using child soldiers is asking the International Criminal Court for early release from his 14-year prison sentence. Thomas Lubanga's attorneys say he's spent more than 12 years in custody. But prosecutors say Lubanga shouldn't be released early because he's been interfering with witnesses in another case linked to the conflict in Congo.
PORT ST. JOHN, Fla. (AP) — A sheriff's deputy in central Florida is in critical condition after being shot while serving a search warrant on a home. Authorities say a group of deputies went to the home in Port St. John as part of a prostitution investigation. They say say a man inside the home opened fire, striking the deputy, and deputies fired back, striking and wounding the man. A woman was taken into custody for questioning.
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