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In brief: Three militants die in U.S. base attack

MOHMANDARA DISTRICT, Afghanistan – Militants attacked a U.S. base in Afghanistan near the border with Pakistan on Monday, setting off bombs, torching vehicles and shutting down a key road used by NATO supply trucks, officials said. At least three people – apparently all attacking insurgents – were killed.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the strike in the Torkham area, the latest in a surge of attacks in Afghanistan as U.S.-led foreign troops reduce their presence en route to a full withdrawal by the end of next year.

Judges recommend Brotherhood ban

CAIRO – A judicial official says a panel of judges has recommended the dissolution of the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt’s largest political group, from which ousted President Mohammed Morsi hails.

The panel told Egypt’s administrative court that the Brotherhood has operated in violation of the law.

The recommendation isn’t binding to the court, which holds its next hearing on Nov. 12.

The Brotherhood has been banned for most of its 85 years but operated widespread social networks.

Rudd defends turn on gay marriages

CANBERRA, Australia – Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has mounted a spirited defense of his support for gay marriage only days out from Australian elections.

Rudd, a Roman Catholic who regularly attends church, announced in May that he had reconsidered his opposition to same-sex marriage. He promised a bill to create gay marriage in Australia would be voted on in Parliament within 100 days if his center-left Labor Party wins elections Saturday.