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World News: Syria, Iraq, Kurds, Egypt Updates; Etna Erupts; More Oil in Algeria; Brazil Protests

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BEIRUT (AP) -- Activists say Kurdish gunmen have captured a crossing point on Syria's border with Iraq after three days of intense infighting among rebel groups.
An Iraqi intelligence official confirms that Kurdish rebels now hold the crossing point, one of two main crossings with Iraq. The official says Baghdad sent reinforcements to the area to prevent any spillover of violence.
Kurdish groups control a large swath of northern Syria, and they are suspicious of Islamic groups who have moved into predominantly Kurdish areas in the chaos of the civil war. Clashes between their fighters and jihadists in northern and northeastern areas of Syria have killed hundreds of people in the past months.
The border crossing point was under Syrian government control until hard-line rebels captured it in March.
The capture of the border point came hours after Syrian TV claimed that the leader of a powerful jihadist group (Jabhat al-Nusra) had been killed. Syrian rebels are denying that.

BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi authorities say gunmen broke into the home of two anti-al-Qaida militiamen in Baghdad and killed them and their entire household, a total of seven people.
A police officer said the attackers killed a father and a son in the Sahwa movement along with five members of their family, including two women, as they were sleeping in their home in the capital's southern neighborhood of Dora early Saturday.
Health officials confirmed the death toll. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to media.
The Sahwa joined forces with U.S. troops at the height of the Iraq war to fight al-Qaida. Ever since then, it has been a target for Sunni insurgents, who call its members traitors.

BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian state-run TV claims the leader of the powerful al-Qaida-linked Jabhat al-Nusra has been killed.
Friday's one-line report, which could not be immediately confirmed, says Abu Mohammad al-Golani was killed in the coastal province of Latakia. It did not say when or give other details. Opposition groups had no immediate comment on the report.
Rebels have gained footholds in mountainous regions of Latakia, which is largely loyal to President Bashar Assad.
The extremist group, also known as Nusra Front, is on a U.S. State Department list of terrorist organizations. The group has emerged as one of the most effective among rebel groups fighting Assad.
Al-Golani's death would be a huge blow to rebels who have been fragmented and outgunned by Assad's forces.

CAIRO (AP) -- An official in Egypt says complaints already have been filed against a popular television satirist, less than 24 hours after returning to air following a coup in the country.
Bassem Youssef, often compared to U.S. comedian Jon Stewart, mocked the new pro-military fervor gripping Egypt in his program aired Friday night.
By Saturday, an official said at least four complaints had been filed with the country's top prosecutor, accusing Youssef of defaming the military in his show.
The official said no investigation into the complaints had started yet. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak to journalists.
Youssef used satire to criticize Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, ousted by the military following popular protests in July. Morsi supporters also sued Youssef, leading to his brief detention.

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) -- Algeria's energy minister says a new oil field containing an estimated 1.3 billion barrels has been discovered.
Youcef Yousfi told the state news agency Saturday that the discovery near the large oil fields in the southern region of Hassi Messaoud is one of the most important in the last 20 years.
He added the state oil company, Sonatrach, will rely on unconventional techniques to extract 50 percent of the reserves, including hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking.
The field will be exploited in the next three to four years following the necessary studies, the report added.
Algeria, an energy giant in Africa that already is one of the largest natural gas suppliers to Europe, had been concerned about declining oil reserves.

ROME (AP) -- Mount Etna, Europe's most active volcano, has erupted, sending up a towering plume of ash visible in much of eastern Sicily.
Etna's eruptions aren't infrequent, although the last major one occurred in 1992.
Catania airport said the eruption Saturday forced the closure of nearby airspace before dawn, but authorities lifted the order in early morning.
Several inhabited villages dot the mountain's slopes, but evacuations weren't necessary despite the lava flow.

BRAZIL-PROTEST
Police: Brazil protesters beat up officer
SAO PAULO (AP) -- Law enforcement officials say protesters beat up a police colonel and stole his service pistol and radio during a Friday night demonstration demanding lower public transportation fares in Brazil's largest city.
The Sao Paulo state police department said in a statement posted Saturday on its website that the demonstration turned violent when so-called Black Bloc anarchists shattered store windows and destroyed ATM machines, turnstiles and other installations at one of the city's biggest bus terminals.
The statement said about a dozen protesters attacked Col. Reynaldo Rossi, knocked him to the ground and broke his collarbone.
Police have not recovered Rossi's .40-caliber pistol or his radio.
Anger over the cost of poor public transportation services has helped fuel massive protests that have hit several cities since June.


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