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Without elaborating, an Iranian Revolutionary Guard commander confirmed Monday that his country supplies weapons to "liberation armies" in the Middle East. They are believed to include Shiite militias such as the so-called Mahdi Army in Iraq and Hezbullah in Lebanon. Iran previously has denied providing arms or financial help to Iraqi Shiites and has admitted only to political and financial backing for Hezbullah.

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Gatherings of more than five people were banned across Indian-administered Kashmir Monday as thousands of soldiers and police deployed to prevent demonstrations by Muslim separatists. The date marked the anniversary of India's takeover of the disputed region in 1947. Pro-Pakistan sentiment runs deep in Kashmir, and an estimated 68,000 people have died since the separatists began a campaign in 1989 to end Indian control.

Another longtime hostage of Colombia's leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces was free after escaping his captors. Oscar Tulio Lizcano, a former member of Congress, had been held for eight years until the rebel guarding him chose to defect late last week and the two set out to turn themselves over to security forces. The guard will be offered asylum in France, reports said. Lizcano's escape was preceded by the high-profile rescue in July of former presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt and other hostages.

US authorities said they'll seek the extradition of reputed Mexican drug cartel leader Eduardo Arellano Felix after he was captured in a shootout with police and government troops late Saturday night. Acting on a tip, they traced him to an upscale residence in the border city of Tijuana, where he'd been living under an assumed name. His arrest was the second of a senior Mexican drug trafficker in two weeks.

All participants in an annual endurance race in England's Lake District have been accounted for, although some required hospitalization, reports said. High winds and severe flooding over the weekend caused the Original Mountain Marathon to be halted with the runners still out on the course. Police criticized it for starting at all under the circumstances.