U.S. drones used in strikes that kill 55 militants

Yemen

U.S. drones used in strikes that kill 55 militants

Yemeni forces, reportedly backed by U.S. drone strikes, hit al-Qaida militants for a second straight day Monday in what Yemen officials said was an assault on a major base of the terror group hidden in the remote southern mountains. The government said 55 mil­itants were killed. The sprawling base was a rare instance of a permanent infrastructure set up by al-Qaida's branch in the country, Yemeni security officials said. Built over the past months, it includes a training ground, storehouses for weapons and food, and vehicles used by the group to launch attacks, the officials said.

South Korea

4 more detained in ferry sinking

Prosecutors detained four more crew members Monday from the South Korean ferry that sank last week as they raced to unravel the mysteries surrounding the sinking, which left more than 300 people dead or missing. Three of the four mates who were on the ferry when it tilted and capsized Wednesday were detained for possible criminal indictment, as was the ferry's chief engineer. Prosecutors had already arrested the captain, another ship's mate and a helmsman. The latest detentions came as South Korean President Park Geun Hye called for stiff punishment for those responsible for the disaster.

Salt Lake City

Defendant killed at his Utah trial

With stunned jurors looking on, a defendant in a gang prosecution was shot and killed by a deputy U.S. marshal in the federal courthouse in Salt Lake City on Monday after he lunged to attack a witness testifying in his trial, authorities said. The shooting took place in the early stages of the trial of Siale Angilau, 25, who prosecutors said had been part of the Tongan Crips gang.

Elsewhere

Washington: President Barack Obama announced Monday that he was naming W. Neil Eggleston, a veteran lawyer with extensive experience representing government officials in congressional and criminal investigations, as his next White House counsel.

Detroit: Four men accused of punching and kicking a motorist who accidentally struck a Detroit boy on April 2 were ordered by a judge on Monday to stand trial on attempted murder charges.

Britain: Queen Elizabeth II marked her 88th birthday on Monday and celebrated privately. A public ceremony will occur in June.

Times wires

U.S. drones used in strikes that kill 55 militants 04/21/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 12:30am]

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