In brief: Covert war targets Yemeni militants


WASHINGTON – The Obama administration has intensified the covert U.S. war in Yemen, hitting militant suspects with armed drones and fighter jets, the New York Times reported late Wednesday.

The accelerated campaign has occurred in recent weeks as violent conflict in Yemen has left the government in Sanaa struggling to cling to power, the Times said.

The report said Yemeni troops that had been battling militants linked to al-Qaida in the south have been pulled back to the capital. American officials hope the strikes will help prevent militants from consolidating power.

Injured teen found dangling over road

MONTERREY, Mexico – A kicking, screaming teenager with a gunshot wound was found dangling from a rope over a busy highway Wednesday in the northern Mexican city of Monterrey. Police said another man alongside him was dead by the time rescuers arrived and a third was found dead below.

Witnesses told police that a group of gunmen descended from a vehicle and hanged the men off a bridge around 10 a.m., stopping traffic along one of the busiest routes in Mexico’s third-largest city, which has been plagued by drug-gang violence.

Volcano eruption slows in Chile

ENTRELAGOS, Chile – The eruption at Chile’s Cordon Caulle volcano diminished Wednesday, scientists reported, but they warned that ash likely would keep spewing out for at least several more days.

That will keep airplanes grounded in parts of Argentina and make it difficult to keep herds healthy in one of Chile’s prime dairy regions.

The eruption, which began Saturday, has covered fields, rivers and lakes, blocked roads and forced the evacuation of thousands of people living nearby.


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