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WORLD IN BRIEF: Mideast talks end amid fresh violence

Mideast talks end amid fresh violence

JERUSALEM -- A mortar attack by Palestinian militants and airstrikes by Israel formed the grim backdrop as Mideast leaders ended their latest round of peace talks Wednesday, still divided on major issues. There was no word on when they would meet again.

The inconclusive U.S.-brokered talks between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas left in doubt the prospects for their new effort to end generations of hostilities in the region and create a sovereign Palestine alongside a secure Israel.

Bahamas boater likely found in shark

NASSAU, Bahamas -- A boater who disappeared off Jaws Beach -- on an island where one of the ''Jaws'' movies was filmed -- is likely the person whose remains were found in the belly of a shark, police say.

Authorities used fingerprints to identify Judson Newton, although they are still waiting for DNA test results, Assistant Police Commissioner Hulan Hanna said late Tuesday.

Newton went on a boating trip with friends off Jaws Beach on New Providence Island on Aug. 29 and encountered engine trouble. Rescuers who responded to a call for help found three men aboard who said that Newton and a friend jumped into the water to try to swim back to shore. Officials launched a search for them, but neither was found.

On Sept. 4, a local banker caught the 12-foot tiger shark while on a deep-sea fishing trip and he said a left leg popped out of its mouth as they hauled it in.

Iraq firefight leaves 6 dead

BAGHDAD -- For the second time in less than a week, U.S. forces were drawn into deadly fighting against insurgents -- a reminder of the ongoing dangers American forces face well after President Barack Obama declared a formal end to combat.

With a persistent insurgency, ongoing sectarian tensions and no agreement on a new government after six months of wrangling, stabilizing Iraq before all American forces leave still seems a distant dream.

Wednesday's raid, in which at least six people were killed, was in the former insurgent stronghold of Fallujah -- highlighting the persistent danger that al-Qaida-linked militants still pose despite years of efforts by both Iraqi and U.S. forces to root them out.