ferry hijacked by suspected kurdish rebels
A ferry with 18 passengers was hijacked off a northwestern Turkish port on Friday and several coast guard boats and helicopters followed the vessel as it approached Istanbul, officials said. An unknown number of hijackers claiming to act on behalf of rebel Kurdistan Workers' Party, known by its Kurdish acronym PKK, seized the ship after it set sail from the northwestern port of Izmit. Also Friday, rescuers recovered the bodies of two journalists missing underneath the rubble of an earthquake-shattered hotel as the death toll in the second earthquake to hit eastern Turkey in about two weeks rose to at least 26.
Shelling kills at least 15 civilians
Yemeni government forces attacked protesters and residential areas on Friday in the southern city of Taiz, killing at least 15 civilians and wounding dozens of others, residents said. The assault was the most aggressive by government forces in nearly two months of fighting.
Clinton: Iran must answer to charges
Iran must respond soon to a report by the U.N. atomic agency alleging that it is working secretly on developing a nuclear weapon, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday at a Pacific Rim summit in Hawaii. The IAEA report strongly suggested that Iran is using the cover of a peaceful nuclear program to produce atomic weaponry. Times wires