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World news briefs — compiled March 5

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ISRAEL

Iranian missiles seized

Israeli naval forces on Wednesday seized a ship in the Red Sea laden with rockets allegedly bound for militants in the Gaza Strip, and officials accused Iran of orchestrating the delivery in an elaborate 5,000-mile journey that included covert stops across the region. The Syrian-made M-302 rockets would have put Israel’s biggest cities well within range of Gaza, where militants already possess thousands of less powerful rockets.

UNITED NATIONS

N. Korea action sought

The United States is asking the U.N. Security Council to take action against North Korea for firing two rounds of ballistic missiles in the past week in “clear and calculated violations” of U.N. sanctions. A report by the United States to the council committee monitoring sanctions against North Korea, which was seen by the Associated Press on Wednesday, asks its members and experts to examine the Scud missile launches and take “appropriate action” in response to the violations of multiple Security Council resolutions.

MEXICO

Injunction bid denied

A Mexican judge has denied drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman an injunction against any extradition to the United States. The Federal Judicial Council said in a news release that the judge rejected Guzman’s petition because the U.S. government hasn’t filed an extradition request. If the United States does file a request, Guzman will be free to go back to court to seek an injunction. The council also said Wednesday that Guzman faces organized crime and drug trafficking charges in five different Mexican federal courts. The Mexican government has said he will not be extradited soon to the United States, where he has been indicted in several states.

Migration discussed

During a three-day visit to Mexico City, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Wednesday that President Barack Obama should cut deportations of migrants and focus resources on the 2 million people in the United States who are eligible to become U.S. citizens. Garcetti said he supports Obama on immigration reform but thinks the U.S. policy of deportations divides families and communities.

VENEZUELA

Chavez legacy recalled

Wednesday’s pomp-soaked anniversary of President Hugo Chavez’s passing was a time for genuine sadness and nostalgia. Even Venezuelans in the opposition said the Chavez days were preferable to the food scarcity, inflation and crime gripping the country now, and the deep feelings held by Chavez followers for the late leader were evident. Still, the big crowd gathered at the Caracas parade grounds for a celebration of Chavez was smaller than a year ago for the observance after he died of cancer on March 5, 2013.

Compiled from wire reports.


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