World briefs (11/13/12)

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Israel weighs retaliation

JERUSALEM -- Gaza militants pummeled southern Israel with rockets for a third day in a row Monday, increasing internal pressure on the Israeli government to retaliate.

A million Israelis are in range of the rockets. Israeli leaders have warned they won't tolerate continued barrages and have threatened a more forceful response.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told foreign ambassadors that Israel would defend itself. He spoke during a visit to Ashkelon, a southern city that has been battered by Gaza rockets.

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak met with the military chief of staff and other senior officials Monday evening to determine how to respond to the rocket fire.

More than 110 rockets have hit Israeli towns since the latest round began, the military said.

Action on Greece delayed

BRUSSELS -- Eurozone finance ministers have ended a meeting in Brussels on Monday without agreeing on the next batch of bailout aid for Greece.

Jean-Claude Juncker, the head of the eurogroup, said the finance ministers hoped to reach a final agreement at an extraordinary meeting to be held next Tuesday, which he said would be a continuation of Monday's meeting.

However, finance ministers did agree that Greece could have two additional years -- until 2022 -- to meet its debt reduction target.

New term on rights council

UNITED NATIONS -- The United States was re-elected Monday to another three-year term on the U.N. Human Rights Council in the only contested election for the organization's top human rights body.

The U.S. was competing with four countries for three open seats belonging to the Western Group on the council. Germany and Ireland also were elected by the 193-member General Assembly. Greece and Sweden lost out.

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice said her country was "pleased and proud to have been re-elected to a second three-year term."

Rustlers ambush police

NDJAMENA, Chad -- More than 10 Kenyan police officers, and possibly as many as 31, have been killed by cattle rustlers in an ambush in a remote part of northern Kenya known as death valley, Kenyan officials said Monday, in of one the more brazen cases in recent years in the war against livestock thieves.

According to Kenya's internal security ministry, the officers were attacked around 4 a.m. Saturday in Samburu North, an arid, sparsely populated district several hours north of Nairobi, the capital.

The ministry said the officers were trying to recover stolen livestock when they were waylaid by bandits from the Turkana ethnic group, one of the poorest, most marginalized groups in Kenya, with a reputation for being fierce pastoralists.

Cleric won't be deported

LONDON -- A radical Muslim preacher who praised the 911 bombings and preached terrorist violence against Christians and Jews won his final appeal against a British government deportation order Monday.

The judgment was a severe blow to Home Secretary Theresa May, who has long sought Abu Qatada's deportation to face trial in Jordan, where he is wanted on terror charges.

The government's loss was compounded by the decision of Judge John Mitting, head of the Immigration Appeals Court where Mr. Qatada's final appeal was heard, that the cleric be released on bail Tuesday -- albeit under severe restrictions on his contacts with the outside world and a 16-hour-a-day curfew.

-- Compiled from news services

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