SANAA, Yemen – Yemeni troops seized two al-Qaida strongholds in the country’s south Tuesday after a dayslong offensive that left dozens of troops and suspected militants dead, the country’s Defense Ministry said.
The troops, backed by pro-government tribesmen, swept through the strongholds in the Mahfad region, the ministry said in a statement.
Militants bombed a government complex before they fled the center of the district at dawn, the ministry said, but did not provide details.
Later in the day, the ministry said its forces have for the first time in years gained control of another al-Qaida hideout in the district of Haban and Qarn al-Sawad in the mountains of Shabwa.
Methanol-laced brew kills 60
NAIROBI, Kenya – Kenya’s police chief says at least 60 people have died in four counties after consuming homemade brew believed to be laced with industrial alcohol.
Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo said Tuesday the deaths were reported in the counties of Embu, Kiambu, Muranga and Kitui. Kimaiyo says it is likely those affected accessed the same batch of homemade brew containing methanol – a toxic alcohol added to the concoction to give it more kick.
Controversial art collector dies
BERLIN – Cornelius Gurlitt, the German art collector whose stash of famous paintings worth an estimated $1.4 billion sparked an outcry about artwork looted by the Nazis, has died, his spokesman told the German news agency dpa Tuesday.
German prosecutors seized about 1,400 modern classics, including paintings by Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Franz Marc, Paul Klee and Max Beckmann, from the 81-year-old Gurlitt’s apartment in central Munich in early 2012.
Since then, investigators have been attempting to determine how many of the artworks in Gurlitt’s collection were confiscated by the Nazis. About 600 works are under investigation.