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NEW YORK -- India and Pakistan took a step forward on enforcing the cease-fire in Kashmir as Prime Ministers Manmohan Singh and Nawaz Sharif met in New York, where they are attending the United Nations General Assembly.

The leaders agreed that their military chiefs should meet and investigate any attacks in disputed border regions in order to prevent a recurrence, Pakistani Foreign Secretary Jalil Jilani told reporters after their one-hour breakfast meeting, held three days after the latest deadly raid in Kashmir. Mr. Jilani didn't specify when the military officials will meet.

The meeting was the first between the leaders since Mr. Sharif took office in June on a pledge to improve ties with India. The killing of 12 people by suspected Pakistani militants in Indian-controlled Kashmir this week is the latest incident to strain relations between the nuclear-armed neighbors, which two years ago resumed peace talks to repair ties shattered by the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attack.

Pakistan is the "epicenter of terrorism" in South Asia, Mr. Singh said in a speech to the UN General Assembly Saturday. For relations to improve, Pakistan needs to prevent militants from using its territory as a base to attack India and stop providing support to groups behind attacks, Mr. Singh said.

Israel arrests Iranian

TEL AVIV, Israel -- Israel arrested an Iranian man suspected of preparing attacks in exchange for $1 million against sites that included the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv, according to the country's national security agency.

The arrest almost three weeks ago wasn't announced until Saturday, when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu landed in New York to speak at the United Nations General Assembly and, in his words, "tell the truth in the face of the sweet-talk" that has greeted Iran's new president, Hassan Rouhani.

Mr. Netanyahu is scheduled to meet President Barack Obama at the White House today and address the General Assembly the following day.

Austria political shake-up

VIENNA -- Austrians abandoned their two main parties in record numbers at Saturday's national elections and elected two protest movements to parliament for the first time.

The result gives Social Democratic Chancellor Werner Faymann the first chance at forming a new government in the coming weeks.

Filipino rebels killed

MANILA, Philippines -- Sporadic fighting continued Sunday in Zamboanga City, the embattled southern Philippine city where government officials a day earlier had declared an end to a three-week standoff with separatist militants.

Six rebels were killed in fighting while bomb-sniffing dogs hunted down unexploded ordnance and hidden explosive devices, officials said Sunday.

More than 200 people have been killed during the standoff, which began Sept. 9.

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