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International Port Corp. hopes to make this a weekly service between the U.S. and Cuba, with a ship leaving Miami every Wednesday for the 16-hour trip to Havana.

The shipping company was granted a special permit from the U.S., which has imposed a trade embargo on the communist-run island since 1962.

President Obama has eased the embargo, lifting some travel restrictions and allowing Cuban Americans to send unlimited remittances back home.


Suicide bomber kills himself by accident

SANAA — A Yemeni security official says a suspected al-Qaeda terrorist accidentally set off a bomb he was preparing in a metal workshop in the capital, killing himself and injuring one other person.

The official said the explosion happened early Sunday in Sanaa’s southern Hizzayz district.

At least 10 police cadets were killed last week when a suspected al-Qaeda bomber detonated his explosives among the cadets as they were leaving the police academy in Sanaa for the weekend.

In the southern port city of Aden, meanwhile, security forces arrested two people Sunday who were driving a car rigged with explosives, but a third person managed to flee, another official said.


Army warns of raids on terrorist hideouts

LAGOS — The Nigerian army said Sunday it plans to raid suspected militant hideouts in several central villages after attacks last weekend claimed by the Islamist Boko Haram sect killed more than 100 people.

“We will conduct Operation Sweep-and-Search this week in some villages in Plateau state we suspect are hideouts of miscreants and assailants,” said Army spokesman Capt. Salihu Mustapha, adding that residents were warned to leave to avoid getting caught up in any violence.

Boko Haram claimed attacks in central Plateau state last weekend that killed more than 100 people. Troops from the military’s special task force already have been deployed to several villages in Plateau state, Capt. Mustapha said.


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