Around the World

2013-05-19T00:00:00Z Around the WorldFrom Wire Reports From Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star
May 19, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Yemen

Suspected US drone kills 4 militants

SANA - A suspected U.S. drone strike killed four al-Qaida militants Saturday in a southern Yemeni province once overrun by the group, according to security officials.

The officials said the attack took place around dawn in an area called Deyqa in Abyan province.

Yemeni forces battled al-Qaida in Abyan province last year, routing militants from major cities that al-Qaida had briefly ruled during the country's 2011 political turmoil. The militants fled to surrounding mountainous areas after Yemen's military, assisted by the United States, forced them to retreat.

Washington says al-Qaida in Yemen is among the group's most dangerous and active branches worldwide.

France

Gay-marriage bill signed into law

PARIS - France will see its first gay weddings within days, after French President Francois Hollande signed a law Saturday authorizing marriage and adoption by same-sex couples and ending months of nationwide protests and wrenching debate.

Hollande's office said he signed the bill a day after the Constitutional Council struck down a challenge to the law and ruled it in line with France's constitution.

Hollande, a Socialist, had made legalizing gay marriage one of his campaign pledges last year. While polls for years have shown majority support for gay marriage in France, adoption by same-sex couples is more controversial.

Norway

Chess tournament won by Russian

STAVANGER - Sergey Karjakin of Russia won the 1/4100,000 ($130,000) Norway chess championship on Saturday after drawing against Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria.

Karjakin needed only a draw against Topalov to take the top prize after world No. 1 player Magnus Carlsen failed to win against Levon Aronian of Armenia, ranked No. 2.

Karjakin led the nine-day tournament from the beginning, winning his first four games and starting the day at 5.5 points, half a point ahead of Carlsen. He took over five hours to secure the draw.

Libya

Blasts rock Tripoli, Benghazi; soldier hurt

TRIPOLI - Explosions went off Saturday in the capital, Tripoli, and the restive eastern city of Benghazi, but no casualties were reported, officials said.

A security official said one bombing targeted an abandoned church in Benghazi that had been previously damaged by fire. The explosion damaged only a car parked outside.

Two other explosions targeted parked security vehicles elsewhere in the city. A soldier was lightly wounded from flying debris.

Tripoli's security spokesman, Essam el-Naas, said two suspects were arrested in connection with an explosion near the Saudi, Greek and Palestinian embassies. A second went off near a security building.

Russia

Plane catches fire landing; no injuries

MOSCOW - Part of an airliner carrying more than 130 people caught fire as it was landing in Moscow Saturday, and passengers evacuated the plane by jumping off one of its wings and shooting down an evacuation slide.

The Emergencies Ministry said none of the passengers and crew members were injured by the fire on the landing gear of the Boeing 737 at Vnukovo Airport.

The ministry said it was carrying 136 passengers and six crew members, but Russian news agencies quoted the airline as saying there were 129 passengers.

The Associated Press

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