Syrian forces attack town
BEIRUT -- Syrian opposition activists said Sunday that government forces had killed at least 80 people in a town south of Damascus, and then carried out mass arrests as the residents tried to bury the bodies.
Residents in Jdaidet al-Fadl and activists described a three-day campaign in which soldiers from the army and loyalist militias systematically burned houses, arrested men, took over field hospitals and killed the wounded.
The state news agency SANA's account said "armed forces units inflicted heavy losses upon terrorists." Neither version of events could be independently confirmed.
Residents said the death toll was much higher. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based group that tracks the conflict through a network of contacts in Syria, said the total could reach 250.
Cartes wins in Paraguay
ASUNCION, Paraguay -- Wealthy conservative businessman Horacio Cartes, who faced various challenges during the campaign, was handed a solid victory in Paraguay's presidential election Sunday.
Mr. Cartes, 57, took 46 percent of the vote against 37 percent for his main opponent, Efrain Alegre of the ruling Liberal Party, with about 80 percent of the voting stations reporting. Electoral authorities declared Mr. Cartes the winner.
Mr. Cartes' victory returns the presidency to the conservative Colorado Party -- which held a tight grip on power for six decades, until 2008.
Sunday's election was called to replace former President Fernando Lugo, who was impeached 10 months ago. He was removed from office.
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Insurgents killed six police officers at a checkpoint and a suicide bomber killed three civilians at a shopping bazaar in separate attacks Sunday in eastern Afghanistan, while an independent security group warned 2013 is on track to be one of the most violent years of the war.
April already has been the deadliest month this year for security forces and Afghan and foreign civilians as the U.S. and other countries prepare to end their combat mission by the end of next year. According to an Associated Press tally, 222 people have been killed in violence around the nation this month, including Sunday's nine fatalities.
Kerry urges delay of visit
ISTANBUL -- Secretary of State John Kerry urged Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to delay a planned visit to the Gaza Strip, saying it could jeopardize efforts to restart Israeli-Palestinian talks.
Ending a two-day visit in Turkey, Mr. Kerry said Sunday that he "it would be more helpful to wait for the right circumstance. ... We're trying to get off the ground, and we would like to see the parties with as little outside distraction as possible."
Mr. Kerry met with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and other Turkish officials, but not Mr. Erdogan.
The Israelis and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas have voiced unhappiness with Mr. Erdogan's plans.
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Israel's Cabinet on Sunday agreed to allow more European Union flights, hours after the country's three airlines went on strike out of concerns that the agreement would threaten their companies and cost jobs. ... Stephen A. Schwarzman, founder of the private equity firm Blackstone, announced Sunday the establishment of a $300 million endowed scholarship program in China for students from around the world, and billed it as a rival to the Rhodes Scholarship.
-- Compiled from news services