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Sixteen insurgents executed for attack in Iran

IRAN

TEHRAN — The Iranian authorities executed 16 Sunni insurgents Saturday, Iranian media said, in retaliation for an attack a day earlier that killed 14 guards on border with Pakistan. The soldiers were killed Friday at a border post near Saravan as armed men crossing the border gunned them down, the semiofficial Iranian Students’ News Agency said Saturday. Some reports said the attackers took three guards hostage. (New York Times)

ITALY

Eruption of Etna closes airspace

ROME — Mount Etna, Europe’s most active volcano, has erupted, spewing lava and sending up a plume of ash visible in much of eastern Sicily. Etna’s eruptions are common, but the last major one occurred in 1992. Catania airport said the eruption Saturday forced the closure of airspace, but that order was lifted. (AP)

CZECH REPUBLIC

Parties face talks on new government

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PRAGUE — A special parliamentary election left no party with a majority on Saturday, which might lead to protracted talks for a coalition government. The election was called after the center-right government collapsed amid claims of corruption. The left-wing Social Democrats won 50 seats in the 200-seat lower house of Parliament. The Communists got 33 seats. (AP)

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