Petraeus meets leaders amid rising tensions
Gen. David Petraeus, the outgoing U.S. commander in Afghanistan, and his soon-to-be successor met with top military leaders in Pakistan on Thursday as the two countries struggled to resolve tensions over the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. Petraeus and Marine Lt. Gen. John Allen's visit was part of a flurry of meetings between diplomats and military leaders of the two countries since the May 2 strike against the al-Qaida chief in the northwest Pakistani garrison town of Abbottabad.
NATO, rebel attack on oil city fails
Libyan forces repelled a coordinated attack by NATO forces and rebels against a strategic oil town in the east of the country, the government spokesman said Thursday. The announcement came as Libya also barred Italy, one of the country's largest investors, from its oil sector because of Rome's role in the NATO airstrikes. Libyan officials have warned nations involved in the NATO campaign that they could be barred from investing or participating in the country's oil sector if they continue to side with the rebels. But Italy — Libya's former colonial master — appears to be the first country to be formally barred.
Protesters take aim at economy
Syrians held general strikes in cities and towns across the country Thursday, part of a strategy to squeeze the economy as President Bashar Assad tries to crush a four-month-old revolt against his autocratic rule.
Mubarak denies blame for deaths
Ousted President Hosni Mubarak denied responsibility for his security forces killing nearly 900 protesters during Egypt's uprising, according to a transcript of his interrogation. Asked to explain the killings, Mubarak dismissed the lethal crackdown by saying, "Our people and our security are like that."
U.S. strike kills at least 6 fighters
A U.S. airstrike on a Yemeni police station overrun by Islamic militants killed at least six fighters. The strike targeted a region where radical groups believed to have al-Qaida links are exploiting the country's political upheaval to take over entire towns. A five-month-old popular uprising seeking to oust longtime President Ali Abdullah Saleh has led to a security breakdown across much of Yemen.
Rights group urges release of 2 men
An international rights group is urging Kuwait to release two men detained for Internet posts criticizing gulf rulers. Human Rights Watch says the two men were arrested last month and held without bail.