Israeli leader vows to annex 'all the settlements'

JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed Monday to annex "all the settlements" in the West Bank, in a last-ditch move that appeared aimed at shoring up nationalist support the day before a do-over election.

Locked in a razor tight race, Netanyahu is fighting for his political survival. In the final weeks of his campaign he has been doling out hardline promises meant to draw more voters to his Likud party and re-elect him in Tuesday's repeat vote. — AP

India detains prominent leader in Kashmir

NEW DELHI — Indian authorities have charged Farooq Abdullah, the most senior mainstream politician in Kashmir and a member of the Indian Parliament, under a controversial law that allows detentions of up to two years without trial.

The detention of Abdullah, 81, is part of India's ongoing clampdown in Kashmir that began on Aug. 5 after the government announced that it would strip the region of its autonomy and statehood.

India has arrested politicians, lawyers, activists, party workers, young men and some minors in the crackdown.

— The Washington Post

Solomon Islands switches recognition to China

TAIPEI, Taiwan — The Solomon Islands switched diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China on Monday, becoming the latest country to leave the dwindling Taiwanese camp.

Taiwan split from mainland China during a civil war in 1949 and set up a rival government.

Most countries recognize Beijing today, and China has been ratcheting up diplomatic and economic pressure to woo the remaining ones. Fewer than 20 governments still recognize Taiwan. — AP

Indonesian police arrest 185 over forest fires

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Indonesian authorities have arrested 185 people suspected of starting forest fires that are spreading a thick, noxious haze around Southeast Asia, police said Monday.

Nearly every year, Indonesian forest fires spread health-damaging haze across the country and into neighboring Malaysia and Singapore. The fires are often started by farmers and plantation owners to clear land for planting. — AP

Virtually every Ecuadorean is at risk after data breach

Detailed information on more than 20 million people — most of them thought to be Ecuadorean nationals — was found on an unsecured server in Miami, providing identity thieves and scammers a treasure trove.

The Internet security firm vpnMentor said that it discovered the cache of information and that the data breach was closed last week.

While the scale of the leak wasn't massive by global standards, it was huge for Ecuador. The South American nation has a population of about 16 million, meaning that virtually everyone in the country was potentially compromised.

— The Miami Herald

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