Wednesday, February 21, 2018
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3 killed in Yemen as drone attacks escalate

Yemen

3 die as drone attacks escalate

Three al-Qaida militants were killed in a suspected U.S. drone strike in southern Yemen on Saturday, Yemeni security officials said, the fourth such attack last week and a sign attacks from unmanned aircraft are on the upswing in the country. The officials said the three men were hit as they were riding in a Land Cruiser in el-Manaseh village on the outskirts of Radda in Bayda province. Earlier last week another suspected U.S. drone strike killed two militants in Radda itself, Yemeni security officials said, and seven were killed in two other strikes in the southeastern province of Hadramawt. Four suspected drone strikes a week is uncommon in Yemen. Al-Qaida militants continue to launch deadly attacks on security forces in the south that have killed hundreds.

france

Panel strikes down 75 percent tax rate

France's Constitutional Council, in a stinging political rebuke to the Socialist government, ruled Saturday that a new law that imposes a 75 percent tax rate on earnings above $1.3 million is unconstitutional.

The ruling was based on technical grounds, and President Francois Hollande's government pledged to make adjustments. But he had made the 75 percent rate an antirich symbol during his presidential campaign, and the ruling was seen as an embarrassing political setback.

Elsewhere

JACKSON, Miss.: Five young siblings and one adult died early Saturday when a sport utility vehicle went off a road in Neshoba County and plunged into a rain-swollen creek, authorities said. All were members of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.

HOUSTON: Former President George H.W. Bush has been moved out of intensive care at a Houston hospital after his condition improved, a family spokesman said Saturday. Bush was admitted to the hospital Nov. 23 with a bronchial cough.

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