militant attack sparks battle at air base
At least half a dozen suicide bombers with automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades attacked a major air force base in northern Pakistan before dawn Thursday, sparking a heavy battle that killed two security personnel and left parts of the base in flames, officials said. Security forces fought the militants for two hours and were finally able to retake the base, the air force said. The attack in Kamra, about 50 miles northwest of Islamabad, was a brazen reminder of the threat posed by Islamist militants.
General's spending said investigated
A four-star Army general who was the first head of the new U.S. Africa Command is under investigation and facing possible demotion for allegedly spending hundreds of thousands of dollars improperly on lavish travel, hotels and other items, the Associated Press reported. Gen. William "Kip" Ward has been under investigation for about 17 months, and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is expected to make a final decision on the matter this month, according to several defense officials.
Offshore drilling rules finalized
Government regulators issued a final set of safety rules for offshore drilling Wednesday, fine-tuning a series of emergency measures put in place after the BP oil spill in 2010. Oil industry groups reacted tepidly, saying they were still studying the 137-page rule from the Interior Department. Some environmental activists called it insufficient to prevent another catastrophe like the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig that killed 11 people and caused 200 million gallons of oil to leak into the Gulf of Mexico.
U.S. officials visit detained American
U.S. Embassy officials met Wednesday with an American detained in Venezuela. Officials from the Consular Section met with the U.S. citizen after President Hugo Chavez said last week that authorities detained and were interrogating him, suspecting he could be a "mercenary" involved in a purported plot to destabilize the country if the opposition loses an Oct. 7 presidential election. The American has not been identified.
Rev. Sun Myung Moon hospitalized
The Rev. Sun Myung Moon, Unification Church founder, is being treated for pneumonia in the intensive-care unit of a Seoul, South Korea, hospital. The Rev. Joshua Cotter, vice president of the Unification Church USA, says the 93-year-old Moon was admitted Monday and is in critical condition. Founded in 1954, the church gained fame starting in the 1970s for holding mass weddings.
Prince Philip taken to hospital
Queen Elizabeth II's husband, Prince Philip, was taken to a hospital Wednesday as a precautionary measure on the advice of his doctor, Buckingham Palace said. Officials did not provide any details about the cause of the 91-year-old's trip to the hospital, which follows two recent health scares.
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Iran: Families of five slain nuclear scientists have filed a lawsuit accusing Israel, the United States and Britain of involvement in the assassination of their loved ones.