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Militants ambush governor’s convoy

SAN’A | Yemeni security officials say suspected al Qaeda militants ambushed a convoy of cars carrying the governor of a southern province where the terror group’s local offshoot has established a haven.

The governor of Shabwa province, Ali al-Ahmadi, was not injured, but one soldier guarding the convoy was killed and four others were wounded in an exchange of fire with the masked gunmen. Officials from the Defense Ministry also were traveling in the convoy.


Berlusconi wins confidence vote

ROME | Premier Silvio Berlusconi won a confidence vote Wednesday night in the Chamber of Deputies by a wide margin, staving off, at least for now, the specter of early elections.

Mr. Berlusconi had staked his coalition’s survival on the outcome of the vote in the lower chamber of parliament. He garnered 342 votes in favor of his government compared with 275 votes against, with three abstentions.

From wire dispatches and staff reports