Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

World Briefs: British Women Cross Antarctica

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Pence, Egypt's el-Sissi vow to fight terrorism

Vice President Mike Pence and Egyptian leader Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi pledged on Saturday a united front against Mideast terrorism as Pence, the highest-level American official to visit the U.S. ally in nearly a decade, began a trip through the region amid a government shutdown in Washington. Pence told reporters that he raised the issue of two Americans who have been imprisoned for several years in Egypt and that el-Sissi said "he would give personal attention" to their cases. "We'd like to see our people come home. I made that clear to him," Pence said before flying to Jordan.

El-Sissi has announced he will run for a second four-year term in elections in March. A general-turned-president with authoritarian practices, his announcement confirmed what was long expected and paves the way for his virtually certain triumph in the March 26-28 vote.

Nigerian police rescue abducted Americans, Canadians * Two Americans and two Canadians who were kidnapped in Nigeria's north-central Kaduna state on Tuesday have been freed and are in good condition, police said Saturday. Police and a special anti-kidnapping squad rescued the foreigners Friday night after a massive manhunt, state police commissioner Agyole Abeh said. One suspect was arrested, and police were on the trail of remaining suspects, Abeh said.

Gunmen storm hotel in Kabul * At least four gunmen stormed a major international hotel complex in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Saturday, touching off gunbattles and sending guests and staff fleeing for cover, officials and staff said. Several people were killed and at least six wounded in the raid, Nasrat Rahimi, an interior ministry spokesman, said. The Inter-Continental Hotel is one of the city's main sites for foreign visitors, envoys and other guests. …

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