War and unrest
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel warned Pakistani leaders Monday that if they don't resolve protests stalling some military shipments across the border with Afghanistan, it could be difficult to maintain political support in Washington for an aid program that has sent billions of dollars to Islamabad, defence officials said.
BANGUI, Central African Republic - French forces in troubled Central African Republic say they came under attack in a neighbourhood of the capital but that the area has now been secured.
The soldiers, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to journalists, said they encountered unknown fighters in an area near the airport.
Palestinians mourned Nelson Mandela as their most loyal champion, lighting candles in special prayer services Sunday and holding his picture like a shield in confrontations with Israeli troops.
But the death of the South African leader who famously said that "our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians" also reminded many here of how far they are from establishing a state of their own.
BAGHDAD - A shooting targeting a row of liquor stores in the capital and other attacks killed at least 15 people across Iraq on Saturday, officials said.
Police officials said gunmen in two speeding cars opened fire on the stores in the northern neighbourhood of Waziriyah, killing nine people and wounding four others.
Islamic extremists have frequently targeted liquor stores in Iraq, but alcohol remains available in most cities.
Also, a bomb went off Saturday afternoon at an outdoor market in the northern city of Mosul, killing two shoppers and wounding 15 others.
BANGUI, Central African Republic - Thousands of Christian civilians sought refuge at an airport guarded by French soldiers Friday, fleeing from the mostly Muslim ex-rebels with machetes and guns who rule the country a day after the worst violence to hit the chaotic capital in nine months.
When several French helicopters landed at the airport, people sang with joy as they banged on plastic buckets and waved rags into the air in celebration.
ADEN, Yemen - Saudi militants were behind the massive car bombing and assault on Yemen's military headquarters that killed more than 50 people, including foreigners, investigators said in a preliminary report released Friday. Al-Qaida claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was retaliation for U.S. drone strikes that have killed dozens of the terror network's leaders.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands - The international chemical weapons watchdog announced Friday it has verified the destruction of all of Syria's unfilled munitions — another milestone along the road to eradicating President Bashar Assad's chemical weapons program by mid-2014.
The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said in a statement that its experts in Syria also have verified the destruction of parts of buildings at weapons production facilities.
MILAN - An Egyptian cleric kidnapped as part of the CIA's extraordinary rendition program was convicted by an Italian court Friday of decade-old terror charges and sentenced to six years in prison, lawyers involved in the case said.
Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr, also known as Abu Omar, was convicted in absentia in a closed-door trial. He has been in Egypt since resurfacing after his 2003 abduction, and is unlikely to be returned to Italy to serve the sentence.
Nasr's lawyer, Carmelo Scambia, said Nasr denies that he was in any way associated with terrorism.
BANGUI, Central African Republic - Wielding rifles and machetes, armed Christian fighters who support the Central African Republic's exiled president assaulted the capital at dawn on Thursday, leaving nearly 100 people dead. Shrouded bodies were lined up in a mosque as dozens of wounded lay on blood-stained hospital floors.
ADEN, Yemen - The Defence Ministry came under attack Thursday from a suicide car bomber and heavily armed gunmen, killing 52 people and wounding 167 in a fierce battle in the heart of Yemen's capital of Sanaa, the government said.
Among the dead at the Defence Ministry complex, which also houses a military hospital, were soldiers and civilians, including seven foreigners — two Germans, two Vietnamese, two Filipinos and one Indian, according to the Supreme Security Commission.