Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

World Digest

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

World Digest

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Drone strike kills 4 in Yemen

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. Officials spoke anonymously because they were not authorized to brief the media.

Also in Yemen, gunmen fatally shot a senior intelligence officer, a security official said Saturday. Masked gunmen on a motorcycle fired on Col. Abdullah al-Rubaki of the Political Security Department in the province of Hadramawt in southern Yemen late Friday. No one had claimed responsibility for the attack. The Yemeni government has in the past blamed al-Qaida for similar attacks.

Syria's Assad stands firm * Syrian President Bashar Assad said in a newspaper interview Saturday that he won't step down and will instead "face the storm," raising new doubts about a U.S-Russian effort to get Assad and his opponents to negotiate an end to the country's civil war.

In the Syrian capital, Damascus, meanwhile, a powerful explosion went off in the Ruken al-Deen neighborhood, killing three people and wounding five, Syrian state TV reported. It said that the blast was caused by a car bomb and that experts were dismantling other explosives in the area.

France OKs same-sex marriage * France will see its first gay weddings within days, after President Francois Hollande signed a law authorizing marriage and adoption by same-sex couples and ending months of protests and debate. Hollande's office said he signed the bill Saturday morning, a day after the Constitutional Council struck down a challenge to the law and ruled it in line with France's constitution.

Strike delays luggage in Cairo * Egyptian officials say baggage handlers in Cairo's airport have gone on strike to protest working conditions they say caused a colleague's death, leaving passengers on 20 international flights from Europe and Arab countries waiting several hours for luggage. …

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