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The estimated 25 assailants drove up in a four-wheel-drive vehicle and attacked the peacekeepers, killing three and losing three of their own number.


Electricity chief resigns over chronic shortages

BAGHDAD | Iraq’s electricity minister resigned Monday in the face of angry protests over the lack of power despite years of promises that the situation would improve.

Karim Waheed’s resignation came hours after demonstrators took to the streets for a third day in a row in oil-rich southern Iraq where an unusually hot and humid summer has spiked tensions over electricity outages.

The issue has taken center stage in Iraq since two protesters were killed Saturday when security forces opened fire to disperse a crowd in the southern oil hub of Basra.


President rips leaks of Libya rescue

ZURICH | Swiss President Doris Leuthard on Monday condemned leaks to the media over plans to smuggle two Swiss nationals out of Libya, where they were detained.

“Unfortunately, in the last week, due to indiscretion in various media, reports about planned action to free the two Swiss hostages ended up being made public,” Ms. Leuthard said.

“The Federal Council strongly condemns such indiscretion, which fall under the criminal code,” she said, stressing that the information was of “utmost secrecy.”

The Tribune de Geneve reported Saturday that Switzerland considered plans to smuggle Max Goeldi and Rachid Hamdani, who had been blocked from leaving Libya, out of the country with the help of the Swiss army.

From wire dispatches and staff reports