Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Hamas Stages Military Rally to Mark Anniversary

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Hamas Stages Military Rally to Mark Anniversary

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Denmark prepares claim for coveted North Pole

Scientific data shows Greenland's continental shelf is connected to a ridge beneath the Arctic Ocean, giving Danes a claim to the North Pole and any potential energy resources beneath it, Denmark's foreign minister said.

Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard said Denmark will deliver a claim today to a United Nations panel in New York that will eventually decide control of the area, which Russia and Canada are also coveting.

Five Arctic countries the United States, Russia, Norway, Canada and Denmark all have areas surrounding the North Pole, but only Canada and Russia had indicated an interest in it before Denmark's claim.

Hamas marks anniversary with military display * The Islamic militant group Hamas displayed rockets and other heavy weapons Sunday during a rally marking the 27th anniversary of its founding.

It also launched a drone that prompted Israel to scramble fighter jets in a precautionary measure, the Israeli military said.

Several thousand people attended the show of force in Gaza City, a lower turnout than in previous anniversary rallies.

The group's leaders watched from a stage, including former Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, who brandished an assault rifle.

Sunday's march came three-and-a-half months after the end of a 50- day war between Israel and Hamas. It was the third and bloodiest round of fighting between the two since late 2008, with some 2,200 people killed on the Palestinian side and 72 on the Israeli side.

Prime minister in Haiti resigns under pressure * In a deepening political crisis, under international pressure and with violent domestic unrest, Haiti's prime minister announced his resignation Sunday, possibly clearing the way for overdue elections.

The forced resignation of Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe may appease critics at home and abroad, but it might not be enough to rescue the hemisphere's poorest nation from political collapse.

President Michel Martelly will now have to appoint a new government that can oversee legislative and municipal elections delayed by more than three years. …

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