NATO-Afghan raid ends hotel assault; 19 dead
NATO helicopters fired rockets before dawn Wednesday at Taliban gunmen who stormed one of Afghanistan’s premier hotels, ending a brazen, nearly five-hour assault that left 19 people dead — including all eight attackers.
Suicide bomber hits Kabul hotel, gunbattles erupt
At least one suicide bomber blew himself up late Tuesday night inside a Western-style hotel in Kabul, police said. Afghan police were battling the assailants with machine-gun fire and rocket-propelled grenades as tracer rounds went up over the blacked out building.
Associated Press reporters at the scene heard bursts of gunfire and saw shooting from the roof of the five-story Inter-Continental hotel, which is frequented by Afghan political leaders and foreign visitors. Police ordered bystanders to lay on the ground for safety.
Bahrain Shiite bloc asks: Join or snub talks?
Just days before Bahrain’s Sunni rulers hope to open talks with the Shiite opposition they crushed, the country’s most powerful pro-reform bloc is asking supporters a pivotal question: Whether to join or snub the dialogue.
Already, the leaders of the Shiite political group Al Wefaq have appeared to show their leanings — questioning how reconciliation efforts, pushed by the U.S., can proceed while authorities still impose rigid security measures and hold trials linked to the Shiite-led campaign for greater rights.
UK blocks UPS sites over security
U.S.-based shipping firm UPS has been ordered to stop moving air cargo through some of its U.K. facilities because of security flaws, the British government said Friday.
Greece crippled by strike, protests over austerity
A general strike against new austerity measures crippled Greece on Wednesday and thousands of protesters gathered outside Parliament, where the struggling government sought to push through the cutbacks needed to secure international rescue loans.
Europe’s Libya campaign comes under scrutiny
Europe has a lot riding on NATO’s mission in Libya, with the campaign widely seen as one spearheaded by European vision and the United States staying on the sidelines.
Ash plume halts flights to another Australia city
More Australian flights were canceled Tuesday because of ash from a Chilean volcano, this time out of a midsize southern airport, as airlines scrambled to fly out thousands of passengers who had been stranded for two days in Melbourne.
Somalis, Kenyans hail al-Qaida mastermind’s death
The killing of an al-Qaida mastermind who planned the devastating bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa drew praise on Sunday from Kenyans and Somalis, while Somalia’s president showed documents linking the dead man to militants who are trying to topple his nation’s fragile, U.N.-backed government.
Environmentalists, tuna fishers battle at sea
Tuna fishermen battled environmentalists on the Mediterranean, hurling heavy links of chain at them as the environmentalists attempted to disrupt illegal tuna fishing under the no-fly zone north of Libya on Saturday.
1998 US Embassy blasts suspect killed in Somalia
The al-Qaida mastermind behind the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania was killed this week at a security checkpoint in Mogadishu by Somali forces who didn’t immediately realize he was the most wanted man in East Africa, officials said Saturday.
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