NATO asks u.s. for more spy planes, drones
The Obama administration is considering sending more Predator drones and other surveillance planes to bolster the NATO air war in Libya and has reopened a debate over whether to give weapons to the rebels seeking to overthrow Moammar Gadhafi, a senior Defense Department official said.NATO commanders asked for the surveillance aircraft after concluding that they were running out of military targets in Libya after four months of bombing and missile strikes against Gadhafi's military forces and command facilities, U.S. and NATO officials said.
Senior al-Qaida leader is killed
A senior leader of Yemen's al-Qaida branch has been killed in fighting in the nearly lawless south of the country, the Defense Ministry said on Thursday. A ministry statement said Ayed al-Shabwani was killed in fighting on Tuesday near Zinjibar, a provincial capital that has been held by al-Qaida-linked militants since May.
Musharraf tries to mend U.S. ties
Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf said Thursday that his country wasn't complicit in hiding Osama bin Laden but was "extremely negligent" for not knowing that the al-Qaida leader was living a 75-mile drive from the Pakistani capital. Speaking in Washington, the former military dictator sought to heal a U.S.-Pakistani relationship that's become badly strained since the U.S. raid May 2 that killed bin Laden
Gunfire, explosions erupt in Homs
Gunfire and explosions erupted Thursday in the city at the heart of Syria's antigovernment uprising as soldiers launched a massive crackdown, witnesses said. Activists say up to 50 people have been killed in Homs since Saturday, a wave of violence that has signaled a potentially dangerous turn in the uprising. According to witnesses and activists, much of the bloodshed has taken on sectarian overtones — a fearsome development in Syria's religiously mixed society.
New Cabinet sworn in by ruler
The head of the military council ruling Egypt swore in a new Cabinet on Thursday under pressure from protesters demanding faster change and a weeding out of those tied to the ousted regime of President Hosni Mubarak. The new government led by Prime Minister Essam Sharaf features 12 new faces and two deputy prime ministers.
10 dead in protests against leaders
Malawi's president lashed out at antigovernment demonstrators Thursday, as two days of protests left at least 10 people dead in unprecedented levels of unrest in this southern African nation. Hospital officials and activists said that the victims had been shot with live ammunition and that at least 44 others in the northern city of Mzuzu alone were being treated for wounds.
Court to hear jailed American's appeal
A hearing before Cuba's Supreme Court today offers jailed U.S. subcontractor Alan Gross a last chance to get his 15-year sentence for sneaking communications equipment into Cuba dismissed. The 62-year-old Maryland native has been in jail since December 2009.