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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama meets with top law enforcement officials today as he considers a series of executive actions on gun laws. One priority is cracking down on unregulated gun sales by expanding background checks. Meanwhile, the House gets back to work today with the first order of business being final passage of a bill repealing the health care law, which faces a certain veto when it reaches Obama's desk.
LONDON (AP) — British security officials are analyzing the latest threats from the Islamic State group. They're looking for clues about the identity of a masked man speaking with a British accent in an IS video. The man says the extremists will soon invade Britain. The video circulated Sunday features an apparent replacement for Mohammed Emwazi, the British-accented man known as "Jihadi John," who was killed in a drone strike.
BAGHDAD (AP) — An Iraqi official is blaming the Islamic State group for trying to stir up sectarian tensions with the bombing of two Sunni mosques in a predominantly Shiite city in southern Iraq. The government says the bombing in the city of Hilla yesterday damaged both mosques but caused no casualties. The official says security at Sunni mosques in the city is being beefed up.
MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani minister says 42 militant suspects arrested in eastern Pakistan were supposed to be setting up Islamic State group sleeper cells. Weekend raids in Punjab province also discovered IS literature and weapons. The minister says purported IS Islamabad chief Amir Mansoor and his deputy are among those arrested.
GAUHATI, India (AP) — Officials say at least eight people are dead and buildings are damaged following a strong earthquake in the remote northeastern region of India. More than 100 people were injured in the 6.7 magnitude quake. The death and injuries were caused by falling debris. Police say there are few tall buildings in the region, although a newly constructed six-story building collapsed in Imphal.
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