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Air base in India hit by suspected militants...Suicide bombers hit Ramadi troops...Saudi Arabia executes 47

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jan. 2, 2016 at 4:40 a.m.



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PATHANKOT, India (AP) — There are still reports of some shooting at an Indian air force base near the border with Pakistan following an attack by suspected militants. Authorities and media reports say four were killed, along with at least two soldiers. Press Trust of India news agency quoted police as saying that they started an operation to clear a wider area of other possible intruders.

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's military says it hasn't lost any ground to Islamic State group militants who launched suicide attacks in the western city of Ramadi days after being driven out of the city center. Brig. Gen. Ahmed al-Belawi says the militants stuck security forces yesterday on the city's outskirts. Al-Belawi says there were casualties but wasn't specific. He says the troops repelled the attacks.

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia and neighboring Bahrain may be targets of protests following Riyadh's execution of 47 prisoners, including al-Qaida detainees and a prominent Shiite cleric. The execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr is likely to deepen discontent. And the execution of al-Qaida militants raises concerns over revenge attacks. The extremist group warned Saudi security forces of violence if the executions took place.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The worst is over in the St. Louis area but it may be just beginning for areas to the south, where the Mississippi river is still rising. Record and near-record crests are predicted and there have been at least 11 levee failures. Many homes are threatened. The flood, fueled by more than 10 inches of rain over a three-day period, is blamed for 22 deaths. Five people are missing.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A family statement says Natalie Cole "fought a fierce, courageous battle, dying how she lived ... with dignity, strength and honor." The Grammy-winning daughter of jazz legend Nat King Cole, who carved out her own success with R&B hits like "Our Love" and "This Will Be" was 65. Cole had her greatest success in 1991 when she re-recorded her father's classic hits — with him on the track — for the album "Unforgettable ... With Love."

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