GENEVA (AP) -- U.S, Secretary of State John Kerry is heading to Israel for a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a day after sealing a deal with Russia on securing Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles.
Kerry will make a brief stop in Jerusalem on Sunday to brief Netanyahu on the agreement as well as discuss developments in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Kerry met last week in London with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and had wanted to see both men before the annual United Nations General Assembly session that they are all expected to attend later this month.
From Jerusalem, Kerry travels to Paris for discussions about Syria on Monday with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and British Foreign Secretary William Hague. Kerry will also see the Saudi foreign minister in Paris.
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi officials say at least 25 people have been killed in a series of attacks across the country today.
Authorities say 20 were killed and 35 wounded when a suicide bomber set off an explosive belt during a funeral attended by members of the Shabak ethnic minority near Mosul in northern Iraq.
In other violence, police officials say a roadside bomb hit a car just north of Baghdad, killing the driver and his wife.
An 11-year old boy was killed when a bomb hit a minibus about 95 miles northeast of Baghdad.
And gunmen stormed a tile factory in eastern Baghdad, killing the factory owner and a worker.
Iraq is weathering its deadliest bout of violence in half a decade. More than 4,000 people have been killed in violent attacks since the start of April, including 804 just in August, according to United Nations figures.
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- A Somalia-based Islamic center says it is mourning the death of the American jihadi Omar Hammami, backing up reports the militant was killed Thursday by his rivals within the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab.
The SITE Intel Group, an American private company that analyzes terror threats, said the Islamic World Issues Study Center published a tribute in which it decried the killing of Hammami and two other militants.
In the eulogy the center describes the killings as a "tragedy," saying al-Shabab should be "directing their arrows at the enemies of the group."
Hammami, whose nom de guerre was Abu Mansoor Al-Amriki, or "the American," was reported killed in an ambush in southern Somalia following months on the run after falling out with al-Shabab's top leader.
The militant from Alabama had been reported dead before, only for him to resurface.
BEIJING (AP) -- A senior U.S. diplomat says Washington hopes quiet diplomatic engagements between Japan and China can help keep peace and stability in the East China Sea, where the two Asian countries have a bitter dispute over the sovereignty of a group of islands.
U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel said Saturday after a tour of the region that the U.S. wants all sides to exercise restraint and manage the disputes through friendly diplomatic means.
Both Tokyo and Beijing claim the uninhabited islands known as Senkaku in Japanese and Diaoyu in Chinese, and the dispute has soured their diplomatic relationship.
Last week, leaders of the two countries met briefly on the side of the Group of 20 summit in Russia, raising hopes for dialogue.
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's ousted long-time autocrat is back in court as his trial resumes on charges related to the killings of some 900 protesters during the 2011 uprising that led to his ouster.
The 85-year-old Mubarak was wheeled into the defendants' cage in a heavily-fortified courtroom in Cairo on Saturday, sitting upright, confident and waving to supporters.
It's his second court appearance since he was released from prison in August and transferred to a military hospital where he is being detained pending trial on other, corruption cases.
Mubarak was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for failing to stop the 2011 killings, but his sentence was overturned on appeal earlier this year and a retrial was ordered.
Mubarak's two sons and a former security chief are also in court with him.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Thousands of Polish labor union members are marching through Warsaw throwing smoke grenades and blowing whistles to show the level of their discontent with the government's labor and wage policies.
The demonstrators converged on Warsaw from all over Poland on Saturday, the last of four days of major protests in the capital that also included meeting with politicians and debates with labor market experts. The organizers -- Poland's largest union, OPZZ, Solidarity and groups representing various professions -- are expecting more than 100,000 participants.
They say the policies of the government of Prime Minister Donald Tusk hurt the interests of workers and of their families. The government is rapidly losing popularity after recently raising the retirement age, announcing a reform of the pension system and relaxing some labor code provisions.
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