Helicopter crash kills Mexico top cabinet secy
MEXICO CITY: A helicopter crash killed Mexicos second-most-powerful official and seven others on Friday,dealing yet another blow to the countrys battle against a drug-and-crime scourge and leaving a battered nation in shock. The official,Francisco Blake Mora,45,was the secretary of the interior and often the public face of the anti-drug campaign.
Niger offers asylum to Gaddafis son
JOHANNESBURG: Nigers President Mahamadou Issoufou said Friday he had granted Muammar Gaddafis son Saadi asylum on humanitarian grounds,South African media reported. Saadi,a businessman and former professional footballer,fled to Niger from Libya when NTC forces captured Tripoli in August.
Turkish commandos kill ferry hijacker
ISTANBUL: Turkish commandos killed a lone hijacker,said to be a Kurdish militant armed with a bomb,in a pre-dawn operation on Saturday to rescue more than 20 passengers and crew held hostage for 12 hours on a high-speed ferry near Istanbul. Interior Minister Idris Sahin said 450 grams of plastic explosive were found on his body.
Islamist kills 7,self in Kazakhstan
BISHKEK: A radical Islamist killed seven people,including five law enforcement officers,in a rampage Saturday in Kazakhstans southern city of Taraz,authorities said. The suspect blew himself up as officers moved in to arrest him.