- - Thursday, December 16, 2010


Americans attacked in capital city

SANA’A | A group of Americans came under attack in their vehicle outside a restaurant in Yemen’s capital, U.S. and Yemeni officials said Thursday.

None of the Americans was hurt in the attack Wednesday evening, a Yemeni security official and a U.S. official in Washington said. The Yemeni official, without elaborating, said several suspects have been arrested.

The officials did not give details on the nature of the attack. But a Yemeni newspaper close to the government, the Yemen Observer, said a bomb went off under a pickup truck carrying Americans. It reported that a 28-year-old Jordanian had been arrested.

The attack hit the vehicle outside a restaurant in Hadda, a commercial district in the capital. A Yemeni official said the vehicle belonged to the U.S. Embassy, though the U.S. official said it was not clear whether the Americans were embassy personnel.


Abettors considered in suicide bombing

STOCKHOLM | The suicide bomber in Stockholm over the weekend may have received help from others in preparing the botched attack, Swedish security officials said Thursday.

Taimour Abdulwahab, an Iraqi-born Swede, killed himself and injured two people Saturday when a bomb he was wearing exploded on a busy pedestrian street in downtown Stockholm.

There were no other suspects at this point, said Anders Thornberg of the SAPO security service, but he said officials were “investigating whether there could have been someone else involved in the preparations.”


Court: Abortion ban violates women’s rights

DUBLIN | Ireland’s constitutional ban on abortion violates pregnant women’s rights to receive proper medical care in life-threatening cases, the European Court of Human Rights ruled Thursday, harshly criticizing Ireland’s long inaction on the issue.

The court, based in Strasbourg, France, ruled that a pregnant woman fighting cancer should have been allowed to get an abortion in Ireland in 2005 rather than having to go to England for the procedure.

The judgment put Ireland under pressure to establish a law extending abortion rights to women whose pregnancies represent potentially fatal threats to their own health.

Ireland has resisted doing that despite a 1992 judgment from the Irish Supreme Court that said Ireland should provide abortions in cases where a woman’s life is endangered - including by her own threats to commit suicide.


Leader vows to sue European investigator

PRISTINA | Kosovo’s prime minister is planning to sue a European investigator whose report suggested he had civilian detainees killed for their kidneys when he was head of the Kosovo Liberation Army, a senior Kosovar official said Thursday.

The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter, said Prime Minister Hashim Thaci has contacted attorneys to consult them about pursuing a libel suit against Council of Europe investigator Dick Marty. The official said Mr. Thaci also is considering suing the London-based Guardian newspaper, which first published the report.


Putin signals crackdown before elections

MOSCOW | Prime Minister Vladimir Putin vowed Thursday that Russia would take strong action to prevent racist violence and harshly criticized his liberal political foes, signaling a crackdown on government opponents ahead of the country’s next elections.

About 5,000 far-right extremists rallied outside the Kremlin over the weekend in Moscow and attacked members of mostly Muslim ethnic minorities before clashing with police.

The violence left more than 30 people wounded and raised doubts about the government’s ability to stem a rising tide of xenophobia. Police on Wednesday detained 800 people in the capital and other cities to prevent further violence.

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