World news briefs: 9/22/13

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Palestinian lures, kills Israeli soldier

JERUSALEM -- A Palestinian man lured an Israeli soldier he worked with at a sandwich shop outside Tel Aviv to the West Bank on Friday, and killed him in hopes of using the body as leverage to lobby for the release of his brother from an Israeli prison, military officials said Saturday.

Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, a spokesman for the Israeli military, said Nidal Omar, 42, confessed to the crime after being arrested early Saturday along with seven others. Mr. Omar persuaded the 20-year-old soldier, Sgt. Tomer Hazan, to go with him Friday from Israel to Beit Amin. Mr. Omar then killed him and hid his body in a water cistern.

On Saturday night, several hundred people protested outside the sandwich shop against Palestinians working illegally in Israel.

Taliban official freed

ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan freed the Afghan Taliban's former deputy leader on Saturday after years of detention in a move officials hope will aid Afghanistan's struggling peace process.

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar was released Saturday morning, an official said. Mr. Baradar will remain in Pakistan and will be given tight security.

Pakistan's change of heart came amid a renewed push to help strike a peace deal between the Taliban and the Afghan government before the U.S. withdraws most of its troops by 2014.

N. Korea cancels reunion

SEOUL -- North Korea on Saturday ordered the indefinite postponement of a planned six-day reunion event for families divided by the Korean War, quashing a humanitarian program that the South had hoped could spur cooperation.

The reunion was the first arrangement in three years, bringing together about 100 people from each side. Most of those selected were to see relatives for the first time in six decades.

Police kill 7 squatters

ABUJA, Nigeria -- Members of Nigeria's security police in the capital assaulted an unfinished building occupied by squatters Friday, killing at least seven residents, but officials later said that they had come under fire by militant Islamists.

The claim by the State Security Services revived fears that the militants, members of the Boko Haram sect, were spreading their insurgency.

But it was later contradicted by the accounts of witnesses and survivors of the attack who said the building merely sheltered homeless laborers.

Navy shoots at fishing boat

MOSCOW -- A Russian fishing boat was in the line of shots fired by a North Korean navy ship in the Sea of Japan, where it was then detained and searched, Russia's Foreign Ministry said.

No one was hurt and the ship was not damaged in the incident, which took place Friday, the ministry said in a statement.

The navy didn't try to communicate with the Russian boat before shooting and forcing it to stop, the ministry said. The navy then boarded and searched the ship and questioned the captain, according to the statement.

3 coalition soldiers shot

KABUL, Afghanistan -- A man in an Afghan National Army uniform killed three coalition soldiers on or near a U.S. base Saturday, according to Afghan officials.

It was the first suspected insider attack since July. If confirmed, it would be the seventh this year, compared with about three times as many last year. The NATO-led coalition confirmed the shooting but declined to characterize it as an insider attack pending further investigation.

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