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Posted: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 12:00 am

Syrian troops capture Homs neighborhood

DAMASCUS, Syria -- Syria's beleaguered opposition forces suffered another blow Monday when government troops captured a key district in the embattled city of Homs that has been a rebel stronghold since the beginning of the country's uprising.

The capture of Khaldiyeh is a setback for the rebels in the strategic central heartland, bringing President Bashar Assad's regime closer to its goal of capturing all of Homs, Syria's third largest city -- including neighborhoods in its Old City that the rebels have held for more than a year.

Nigeria: Explosions rock Christian area

KANO, Nigeria -- Multiple explosions rocked a Christian area in Nigeria's northern Kano city Monday night, with security forces ferrying scores of wounded to hospitals.

A mortuary attendant at Murtala Mohammed Specialists Hospital said at least 10 bodies had been brought in from the scene. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to reporters.

Nigeria is fighting an Islamic uprising by extremists based mainly in the northeast, where the government has declared a state of emergency. Kano city and state are not part of that emergency.

Nigeria's government is fighting an Islamic uprising by a network called Boko Haram, which means "Western education is forbidden." The group wants Islamic law imposed in Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation of more than 160 million, which is divided almost equally between Christians who live mainly in the south and Muslims in the north.

Fatal shooting of man sparks outrage

TORONTO -- A Toronto police officer was suspended with pay after he shot dead a young man wielding a knife in an empty streetcar, police said Monday, as hundreds in Canada's largest city protested the shooting that was caught on video and posted on YouTube.

Some protesters called it unnecessary police force, and a former Toronto police detective who saw the video said it appeared that "excessive" force had been used. Investigators were looking into the circumstances surrounding the shooting, the city's police chief said.

Haiti police: 183 hurt in fights at Carnival

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- A summer Carnival-like celebration in Haiti has turned violent.

Haitian police spokesman Gary Desrosiers said 183 people were injured in street fights on the first day of the "Carnival of Flowers."

One man also died when he fell off a float.

Haitian President Michel Martelly revived the "Carnival of Flowers" last year so the capital of Port-au-Prince could have its own Carnival-like party. His administration has moved February's Carnival fete to cities outside the capital in the hopes of developing the countryside.

Greek monks hurl petrol bombs

THESSALONIKI, Greece -- A group of monks on Greece's monastic sanctuary of Mount Athos who are facing eviction attacked court bailiffs with rocks and petrol bombs Monday, according to civilian authorities on the peninsula in northern Greece

No one was injured in the incident early Monday outside the administrative offices of Esphigmenou Monastery, and no arrests were reported. The bailiffs withdrew from the site.

Cellphone video of part of the incident, taken by the rebel monks and seen by the Associated Press, showed the court-appointed bailiffs using a small earth-moving machine in an unsuccessful attempt to force their way into the grounds.

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