General cites African groups as threats
Gen. Carter Ham, the senior U.S. military commander for Africa and the top officer at Africa Command, warned Wednesday that three extremist organizations — al-Shabab in Somalia, al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb across the Sahel region of northern Africa, and Boko Haram in northern Nigeria — were trying to forge an alliance to coordinate attacks on the United States and Western interests. However, Ham said the three militant organizations had not yet shown the capability to mount significant attacks outside their homelands.
Leaders of France, Britain plan visits
President Nicolas Sarkozy of France will travel with British Prime Minister David Cameron today to Libya, where they are credited with a diplomatic and military triumph in providing European leadership to defend the Libyan opposition and help overthrow Moammar Gadhafi, Libyan officials said. They would be the first foreign leaders to visit the country since the anti-Gadhafi forces took control of Tripoli, the capital, even though Gadhafi is still at large. The two men will visit Tripoli and Benghazi and meet with leaders of the National Transitional Council.
Protesters demand U.N. troops ouster
Several hundred protesters calling for the withdrawal of U.N. peacekeepers from Haiti clashed with police Wednesday outside the earthquake-damaged Haitian National Palace. The protesters hurled rocks at Haitian police, who responded by firing tear gas canisters. Protesters said they wanted to see a withdrawal of the U.N. troops who have helped keep order in Haiti since 2004, when political violence engulfed the country, and alleged U.N. peacekeepers from Uruguay sexually assaulted an 18-year-old Haitian man in the southwestern town of Port-Salut in July.
Pirates kidnap sailors: Armed pirates raided a Cyprus-flagged tanker off the West African coast and kidnapped 23 sailors Wednesday, taking off with the vessel in waters that are increasingly at risk of piracy, the International Maritime Bureau, which tracks piracy worldwide, reported.
Former Colombian spy chief sentenced: Colombia's Supreme Court on Wednesday convicted Jorge Noguera, who served as director of domestic intelligence agency under former President Alvaro Uribe, of criminal conspiracy for colluding with far-right militias and sentenced him to 25 years in prison.
Angola plane crash kills 30: An Angolan air force plane crashed as it took off from a central base in Huambo province Wednesday, killing 30 people, state media reported.
Chinese farmer kills 6: A farmer described as mentally ill rampaged through the streets of Gongyi, in China's Henan province, with an ax Wednesday, killing six people, state media reported.