North Korean soldier defects to South Korea across border
SEOUL, South Korea (AP)—A North Korean soldier killed two of his officers Saturday and defected to South Korea across the countries’ heavily armed border in a rare crossing.
Turkey returns fire after Syrian shelling
ANKARA, Turkey (AP)—Another mortar shell from Syria struck Turkish territory on Saturday, prompting a fourth straight day of retaliatory artillery fire, and reviving fears that the crisis in Syria could spiral into a regional conflict.
Israeli police: American kills chef at hotel
JERUSALEM (AP)—An American man who lost his job at a Red Sea hotel in Israel shot dead a chef at the resort on Friday, then was killed himself in a shootout with Israeli commandos, police said.
Vatican Court Finds Ex Butler Guilty, Gives Him One and a Half Year Sentence
(Reuters) A Vatican court on Saturday found Pope Benedict’s former butler guilty of stealing sensitive documents and sentenced him to a year and a half in prison.
Tehran’s Grand Bazaar Reopens After Currency Protests
(Reuters) Tehran’s Grand Bazaar reopened under close police supervision on Saturday, traders said, days after clashes between riot police and crowds protesting against the collapse of the Iranian currency shut down the market.
South Africa’s Amplats Fires 12,000 Strikers, Union Leader Shot
(Reuters) South Africa’s Amplats fired 12,000 wildcat strikers on Friday, a high-stakes attempt by the world’s biggest platinum producer to push back at a wave of illegal stoppages sweeping through the country’s mining sector and beyond.
Britain Extradites Islamist Cleric to U.S.
(Reuters) Britain extradited Islamist cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri to the United States on Friday to face terrorism charges after the one-eyed radical preacher finally failed in his eight-year battle to avoid deportation.
Probe Points to Friendly Fire in Arizona Border Patrol Death
(Reuters) Friendly fire probably killed a U.S. Border Patrol agent in Arizona near the Mexican border this week, the FBI said on Friday, citing “strong preliminary indications” from the ongoing investigation.
Panetta Rejects Karzai Criticism of Afghan War Effort
(Reuters) Progress in Afghanistan has cost thousands of military lives and it would be helpful if Afghan President Hamid Karzai expressed gratitude for that sacrifice, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Friday, bluntly rejecting the Afghan leader’s recent criticism of the war effort.