Iran shows video of new missile test


Missile test launch shown on television

TEHRAN — State TV aired a video that it said showed Iran’s newest medium-range ballistic missile being test fired. Iran’s Revolutionary Guard on Friday publicly unveiled the new missile, called the Khoramshahr, which is capable of reaching much of the Mideast. Though Iran has long boasted of having missiles with this range, it was the first time that the Khoramshahr, which can fly 1,250 miles, was displayed in a military parade. (AP)


Merkel tries to rally support before vote

BERLIN — Chancellor Angela Merkel urged her supporters to keep up the momentum in the final hours before Sunday’s national election, urging a last push to try to sway undecided voters. Merkel is seeking a fourth term in office. Polls show her conservative bloc of the Christian Democratic Party and Bavarian-only Christian Social union leading with between 34 to 37 percent support, but the lead has been eroding in recent weeks. (AP)


Rebel fighters seize gas field from ISIS

DAMASCUS — US-backed Syrian fighters on Saturday captured the country’s largest gas field from the Islamic State in an eastern province that borders Iraq as they race with government forces to capture the energy-producing region. Nasser Haj Mansour of the Syrian Democratic Forces said the Conoco gas field and plant came under full control of the group after days of fighting with the extremists. He said SDF fighters also captured the nearby al-Izba gas field. (AP)


Thousands fleeing after volcano alert


BALI — Thousands of villagers on the Indonesian resort island of Bali huddled Saturday in temporary shelters, sports centers, and with relatives, fearing Mount Agung will erupt for the first time in more than half a century. Authorities raised the alert status to the highest level Friday after a ‘‘tremendous increase’’ in seismic activity. Its last eruption in 1963 killed 1,100 people. Officials said no one should be within 6 miles of the crater. (AP)


Leftist urges fight on new labor laws

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PARIS — French far-left firebrand Jean-Luc Melenchon urged protesters Saturday to take to the streets and mount strikes to force President Emmanuel Macron to withdraw labor law changes. Speaking to tens of thousands in Paris, Melenchon assailed the decrees as a gift to corporations and the financial markets that have both fueled income inequality. Macron says they are needed to create jobs. (AP)