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News of the day from across the globe, June 16

The U.N. children’s agency warned Friday that a critical funding shortfall is threatening aid to 9 million Syrian children, both in their country and among the refugees in neighboring states. Seven Navy sailors are missing and two were injured — including the captain — after a U.S. destroyer collided Saturday morning with a Philippine-registered container ship 56 nautical miles off the coast of Yokusuka in southwest Japan, the country’s coast guard reported. Six police were killed Friday when rebels fighting against Indian rule ambushed a police vehicle in Indian-controlled Kashmir, while two civilians were killed and several others injured in clashes that erupted during a gunbattle between rebels and government forces in the disputed region, officials and witnesses said. Djibouti has lodged a formal complaint with the African Union after accusing soldiers from neighboring Eritrea of occupying a contested mountainous area after Qatari peacekeepers left the region this week, an official said. The moves threatened to renew a long-running territorial dispute between the two East African nations that Qatar, now caught up in a diplomatic clash with other Arab nations, had helped to mediate. Australia will allow gun owners to hand in illegal firearms without penalty starting next month as concerns grow over gun crimes involving such weapons, a federal minister said Friday. There have been five violent incidents in Australia that the government describes as terrorist attacks since the national terror threat level was raised in September 2014. Lebanon’s parliament has ratified a new electoral law, paving the way for the first national elections since 2009.The new law preserves the seat allocations in parliament to the country’s various Muslim and Christian sects, over the objections of civil campaigners.

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