Briefly World: 25 al-Qaeda fighters killed in Yemen clash

Briefly World: 25 al-Qaeda fighters killed in Yemen clash

25 al-Qaeda fighters killed in Yemen clash

25 al-Qaeda fighters killed in Yemen clash

SANAA: Yemeni government troops launched a surprise attack in the south of the country to recapture an al-Qaeda stronghold,killing 25 Islamist militants,an official said Friday. The official said the army succeeded in regaining control over one district on the outskirts of Zinjibar,but the rest of the provincial capital was still in al-Qaeda’s hands.

Berlusconi tells court girls played games

MILAN: Young women dressing up as nuns at parties hosted by Silvio Berlusconi were just playing a burlesque game,the former Italian premier said on Friday at his first appearance at a trial on charges he paid for sex with an underage prostitute.

Mosque in Lanka faces protests

COLOMBO: Thousands of Buddhist monks and lay supporters stormed a mosque in Sri Lanka on Friday,saying it was an illegal construction inside a designated Buddhist sacred zone. About 2,000 protesters,including 300 monks,shouted slogans in the central town of Dambulla. They tore down a signboard before police intervened.

‘News Corp faces 46 new lawsuits’


LONDON: Nearly 50 new phone hacking lawsuits have been filed against Rupert Murdoch’s British newspaper company,a victims’ lawyer said Friday,sending the total number of cases to over 100. Hugh Tomlinson told High Court Justice Geoffrey Vos that 46 claims had been filed in a second wave of legal action against News International.

Afghanistan: 4 die in US chopper crash

KANDAHAR: A US Army helicopter crashed in bad weather during a night flight in Afghanistan,and all four American crew members were killed,US and Afghan officials said Friday. The chopper crashed Thursday night while responding to a suicide attack on a local police checkpoint.

Protesters rally against military rule in Egypt

CAIRO: Tens of thousands of protesters packed Cairo’s downtown Tahrir Square on Friday in the biggest demonstration in months against the ruling military,aimed at stepping up pressure on the generals to hand over power to civilians and bar ex-regime members from running for president. Both Islamists and liberals turned out in force.

Agent joked about Palin

WASHINGTON: Sarah Palin says the joke was on the ousted Secret Service supervisor who wrote on Facebook that he was “checking her out’’ while protecting the former Republican vice presidential candidate during the 2008 campaign. “Well,check this out,buddy — you’re fired!’’ Palin said Thursday in a Fox News interview. David Chaney posted at least two photographs of himself with Palin. Chaney wrote of his assignment guarding Palin: “I was really checking her out,if you know what i (sic) mean?