At least 19 are killed in twin armed attacks
Two suicide bombers and militants armed with heavy weapons launched twin attacks targeting the Afghan government and its allies Thursday, killing at least 19 in the latest outburst of violence weakening the government's grip on the Taliban's heartland, in Tarin Kot, Urozgan province, north of Kandahar.
Blasts leave at least 12 dead
Two explosions struck outside a bank in Tikrit, Saddam Hussein's hometown, Thursday, just as soldiers were lining up to cash their paychecks. The first report on casualties indicated that 12 people died and 28 were wounded, an official said.
At least 40 dead in army, tribe clashes
Clashes between Yemeni soldiers and armed tribesmen in a region north of Sana killed at least 40 people Thursday, a military official said.
Ex-leader receives 16-year jail term
Former Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, whose ouster helped inspire uprisings in the region, was sentenced in absentia Thursday by a court in the north African nation to 16 years in prison on charges that include the abuse of power. The court sentenced Ben Ali's daughter Nesrine to eight years and her husband, Sakher el-Materi, to 16 years. Both were tried in absentia. The ex-president is currently in Saudi Arabia.
NATO troops told to fire if attacked
U.S. and French peacekeepers were told Thursday to fire their weapons in defense if attacked at border posts on Kosovo's northern boundary with Serbia, a day after the crossings were set ablaze by Serbs armed with firebombs, a NATO spokesman said.
U.S. ties Russian to 2010 bombings
U.S. intelligence officials have concluded in a classified report that a Russian intelligence officer may have been behind a string of bombings in the nation of Georgia last year, including an explosion near the U.S. Embassy, but that there is no evidence of a plot to attack U.S. installations, a U.S. official said Thursday.
U.S., North Korea finish day of talks
The United States said it wants an indication that North Korea is willing to take "irreversible steps" to give up atomic weapons, as negotiators wrapped up a first round of talks Thursday in New York. The State Department called the talks "serious and business-like" and said they will resume today. The United States wants to determine if North Korea is ready to fulfill its commitments under a 2005 declaration requiring it to abandon all nuclear weapons programs and allow the return of international weapons inspectors.