World briefs: New PM takes oath of office

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NEW DELHI -- Narendra Modi took the oath of office as India's new prime minister at the sprawling presidential palace on Monday, a moment made more historic by the presence of the leader of archrival Pakistan.

Mr. Modi's inauguration is the first to which India invited leaders from across South Asia. Heads of government from Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Maldives, Nepal and Afghanistan attended, and Bangladesh was represented by the speaker of its Parliament.

But most eyes remained on Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, whose visit could signal a thaw in relations between the often hostile neighbors. Pakistan and India have fought three wars since their independence from Britain in 1947.

Mr. Modi and Mr. Sharif are to hold formal talks today.

Kidnapped girls located

ABUJA, Nigeria -- Nigeria's military knows where the more than 200 girls abducted by Boko Haram are but has ruled out using force to rescue them, the state news agency quoted Chief of Defense Staff Air Marshal Alex Badeh as saying on Monday.

Seven weeks since Boko Haram militants abducted more than 200 girls taking exams in a secondary school in the remote northeastern village of Chibok and little is known of there whereabouts or what exactly the military is doing to get them out.

Most officials think any raid to rescue them would be fraught with danger and probably not worth the risk that the girls would be killed by their captors.

Doctor shot in attack

LAHORE, Pakistan -- A volunteer American cardiologist was shot dead in Pakistan on Monday, a member of his minority Ahmadi community said, the latest attack on a group which says it is Muslim but whose religion is rejected by the state.

Mehdi Ali had taken his 5-year-old son and a cousin to a graveyard in Punjab province at dawn to pray when he was shot, said Salim ud Din, a spokesman for the Ahmadi community.

Mr. Ali was born in Pakistan but moved abroad in 1996. He had returned to do voluntary work at a state-of-the-art heart hospital built by the Ahmadi community in the eastern town of Rabwah.

Mr. Ali, 51, moved to Columbus, Ohio, where he founded an Ahmadi center and raised funds for medical charities in Pakistan, Mr. Din said.

China sinks Vietnam boat

HANOI, Vietnam -- A Chinese vessel attacked and sank a Vietnamese fishing boat, the Vietnam government said, raising tensions over a territorial dispute that saw clashes between the countries' coast guard ships earlier this month.

The 10 fishermen on board DNa 90152 were rescued by other Vietnamese boats after the incident Monday around 19.5 miles from a Chinese oil rig located near the contested Paracel Islands, the government said in a statement on its website.

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Venezuela's foreign minister, Elias Jaua, on Monday rebuked his U.S. counterpart, John Kerry, for criticizing the handling of street protests and reiterated accusations Washington wants to topple the socialist government. ... A suicide bomber blew himself up close to an army minibus in Kabul, the Afghan capital, on Monday, killing at least two people and injuring nine, ministry spokesman Zahir Azimi said. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. ... Five people have died in Sierra Leone's first confirmed outbreak of Ebola virus, the World Health Organization said on Monday, signalling a new expansion of the disease which regional officials said had been brought under control.

-- Compiled from news services


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