Nelson Mandela goes home from hospital
Former South African President Nelson Mandela was released Wednesday from the hospital after being treated for a lung infection and having gallstones removed, a government spokesman said. The 94-year-old anti-apartheid icon will continue to receive medical care at home. Mandela had been in the hospital since Dec. 8. In recent days, officials have said he was improving and in good spirits, but doctors have taken extraordinary care because of his age.
Successor to Inouye chosen
Hawaii Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz was appointed Wednesday to succeed the late Sen. Daniel Inouye. Gov. Neil Abercrombie announced the appointment after receiving a list of three candidates from the state Democratic Party. Schatz, 40, beat out Rep. Colleen Hanabusa and Esther Kiaaina, a deputy director in the state Department of Land and Natural Resources. The White House said Schatz would fly to Washington Wednesday night on Air Force One, which was bringing President Barack Obama home early from his Christmas vacation. Schatz will serve until an election is held in 2014. Inouye died Dec. 17 at age 88.
3 Afghans killed in attack near base
A suicide bomber killed three Afghans on Wednesday in an unsuccessful attempt to enter an American military base in eastern Afghanistan, U.S. and Afghan officials said. The attack was on Forward Operating Base Chapman. Gen. Abdul Qayum Baqizoi, the police chief in Khost province, said the attacker drove toward the front gate but was stopped by an Afghan guard. The attacker detonated his explosives and killed the guard and two civilians, Baqizoi said. The security perimeter of the base was not breached.