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World news briefs — compiled Feb. 3

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Central African Republic

Fighting kills dozens

Clashes between Muslim and Christian residents have left at least 75 people dead in the town of Boda, a local priest said Monday, while heavy fighting broke out between rebels and peacekeepers in the capital. In Bangui, Muslim militias engaged Burundian troops who returned fire in some of the heaviest fighting since France sent peacekeepers to its former colony in early December. Some 1,600 French and 5,000 African peacekeepers are struggling to keep a lid on the violence.

MARSHALL ISLANDS

Man claims long journey

It’s a story that almost defies belief: A man leaves Mexico in December 2012 for a day of shark fishing and ends up surviving 13 months on fish, birds and turtles before washing ashore on the remote Marshall Islands thousands of miles away. But that’s what a man identifying himself as 37-year-old Jose Salvador Alvarenga told the U.S. ambassador in the Marshall Islands and the nation’s officials during a 30-minute meeting Monday before he was taken to a local hospital for monitoring. Alvarenga washed ashore on the tiny atoll of Ebon in the Pacific Ocean last week before being taken to the capital, Majuro, on Monday.

RUSSIA

Two slain at school

A 10th-grade student with two rifles burst into his Moscow school on Monday, killing his geography teacher and a policeman in front of about 20 students, investigators said. The student gunman also seriously wounded a second police officer who had responded to an alarm, investigators said. None of the 400 children in School No. 263 were hurt, said Karina Sabitova, a police spokeswoman.

ISRAEL

Warning from EU

The European Union’s ambassador to Israel has warned the Jewish state that it would likely endure “increasing isolation” if peace talks with the Palestinians collapse. Lars Faaborg-Andersen told Israel’s channel 2 TV Monday that such a scenario wouldn’t necessarily be a result of European policy, but rather the actions of private companies.

Compiled from wire reports.


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