World Briefs: Clinton pushes poaching ban

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NEW YORK -- Hillary Rodham Clinton outlined plans Thursday for an $80 million effort to curb the poaching and trafficking of elephants in Africa, warning that the continent's elephants could face extinction without swift action.

The former secretary of state and her daughter, Chelsea, announced the three-year project at the Clinton Global Initiative, telling activists and supporters that the killing of elephants to support the sale of ivory around the globe had reached a crisis point.

Ms. Clinton, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, said losing the elephant to extinction "seems like such a rebuke to our own values."

The Clinton initiative aims to prevent the killing and trafficking of elephants and rhinoceros. It also hopes to address the demand for ivory in Asia and the U.S.

12 die in Kashmir attack

MATHURA, India -- An attack early Thursday on the Indian-held side of disputed Kashmir reportedly killed 12 people, including three teenage militants, days before the leaders of India and Pakistan were to meet in New York.

The attack appeared to follow a long-established pattern, with extremists attempting to derail any steps toward rapprochement between the wary neighbors, analysts from both countries said.

A relatively unknown group calling itself the Shohada Brigade claimed responsibility for the attack in a call to the state-run Press Trust of India news agency. The group was first mentioned this month when a threat was issued in its name against a classical music concert featuring conductor Zubin Mehta in the Indian-controlled part of Kashmir.

Insider-killing claims 1

KABUL, Afghanistan -- A man wearing an Afghan army uniform shot and killed a service member from the U.S.-led coalition in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday before being shot dead himself, Afghan and coalition officials said.

It was the second time in a week that someone believed to be a member of the Afghan security forces turned his weapon on foreign troops. But the overall violence, known as insider or green-on-blue attacks, remains down sharply from last year, when it provoked a crisis of confidence in the coalition mission to train Afghan forces.

Thousands lose citizenship

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- The Dominican Republic's top court on Thursday stripped citizenship from thousands of people born to migrants who came illegally, a category that overwhelmingly includes Haitians brought in to work on farms.

The decision cannot be appealed, and it affects all those born since 1929.

Until 2010, the Dominican Republic followed the principle of automatically bestowing citizenship to anyone born on its soil. But the court ruled that all Haitian migrants who came to work in Dominican sugarcane fields after 1929 were in transit, and thus their children were not automatically entitled to citizenship just because they were born here.

Remains near shipwreck

ROME -- Divers spotted human remains Thursday near Italy's Costa Concordia cruise ship, and DNA tests will determine if they are the last two bodies missing among the shipwreck's 32 victims, authorities said.

The search for the remains of an Italian female passenger and an Indian waiter resumed after the capsized luxury liner was rotated upright last week in an unprecedented marine salvage operation 20 months after it crashed into a reef off Giglio Island.

-- Compiled from news services

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