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SANAA---United States drone
strikes killed at least eight sus-
pected al Qaeda militants in
Yemen yesterday, bringing the
number of people killed by drones
in less than two weeks to at least
25.The strikes follow Yemen's
announcement on Wednesday that
it had foiled a plot by al Qaeda to
seize two major oil and gas export
terminals and a provincial capital
in the east of the country.
Warnings of potential attacks
have pushed Washington to shut
missions across the Middle East,
and the United States and Britain
to evacuate staff from Yemen.
Witnesses and local officials in
Maareb, a mostly desert region in
the southeast where militants have
taken refuge, said a drone fired at
two vehicles suspected of carrying
al Qaeda militants at dawn, killing
Residents saw the two vehicles
rise in flames and the drone circled
the air for a while after the attack.
Another two were killed in the
eastern region of Hadramout, local
officials said. At least 25 suspected
militants have been killed since
July 28, when a drone strike killed
at least four members of Ansar al-
Sharia, a local militant group affil-
iated to Al Qaeda in the Arabian
Peninsula (AQAP), one of the most
active branches of the network
founded by Osama bin Laden.
More violence took place in
northern Yemen also on Thursday
when five Salafis, followers of puri-
tanical Sunni Islam, were killed in
an ambush by Shi'ites.
The attack occurred in Saada,
a town near the border with Saudi
Arabia about 80 miles north of the
capital, Sanaa. Saada has been
under the control of Shi'ite Houthi
rebels for several years.
The five Salafis were driving a
vehicle when they came under fire
in an ambush which injured a fur-
ther two, Serour al Wadei, a
spokesperson for the Salafi group
in Saada, told Reuters.
Houthi Shi'ite rebels led an
uprising based in the northern
Saada province that Yemeni forces
struggled to crush. Saudi Arabia's
military intervened in 2009 before
a ceasefire took hold the next year.
Yemen, one of the poorest Arab
countries, is one of handful of
countries where Washington
acknowledges targeting militants
with strikes by drone aircraft,
although it does not comment
publicly on the practice.
US sources have told Reuters
that intercepted communication
between bin Laden's successor as
al Qaeda leader, Ayman al-
Zawahri, and AQAP was one part
of the intelligence behind the alert
last week that prompted the clo-
sure of the embassies.
Security in Yemen is a global
concern. Home to AQAP, consid-
ered one of the most aggressive
branches of the global militant
organisation, it shares a long border
with Saudi Arabia, a US ally and
the world's top oil exporter.
The US government supports
Yemeni forces with funds and
logistical support. Reuters
Tim Lake was victimised by an
unknown assailant. But the Phoenix
resident said he s not about to give
up on justice without a fight.
Lake had placed an order on Amazon
and was patiently waiting for his pack-
age to be delivered. It arrived, but some-
one showed up on Lake's doorstep and
stole the goods.
But the theft was caught on camera,
showing a middle aged, blonde haired
woman walking up to Lake's doorstep,
grabbing the package, and then flee-
"She runs off into the distance, scur-
rying almost like she's got a flat tire in
there," Lake told local affiliate CBS5.
Lake responded to the theft by com-
bining his sense of humor and some
First, he created a "wanted" sign,
which he posted around his neighbour-
hood. The poster reads, in part:
"Beware! Have you seen this rob-
The poster goes on to described the
thief as, "Either a woman, or Dog the
Bounty Hunter has really let himself go."
Lake reached out to local news media
to get his story out to the public. When
asked to describe the woman in the
video, Lake told CBS5, "Eyes vacant,
uncaring, lacking a soul."
In a hilarious interview, Lake pre-
tended to become emotionally dis-
traught over the missing package and
even paraphrased some lines from the
Liam Neeson revenge film, "Taken,"
when asked what he'd say to the
woman if he met her on the street.
Oh, and for the record: Lake said the
items stolen were a package of coffee
pods and an ice tray.
"Ice trays that make, like, perfectly
square ice cubes," he told CBS5, feigning
emotion. "Or, even now that I think
about it, iced coffee."
When you consider the sheer number
of packages delivered by Amazon to
the US on a daily basis, it's amazing
just how few items are actually stolen.
Of course, different purchases entail
different responses from the global
online sales giant. In fact, Amazon often
replaces stolen packages if they have
been confirmed as delivered by UPS
or other third party distributors.
But for anyone who has felt the burn
of having something they paid for in
good faith turn up missing, Lake's
effort should bring a smile to their
face. (Yahoo News)
MAINE---The father of a four-
year-old who brought a loaded
handgun to day care in Maine has
pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor
reckless conduct, claiming the inci-
dent was unintentional.
The man, 31-year old Adam
Keene, of Madison, placed the
loaded, semi-automatic .380 caliber
pistol in his son's day care bag when
bringing it into his house and then
forgot he had done so, said Kennebec
County District Attorney Maeghan
The gun, which Keene legally
owned, had a round in the chamber
and the safety activated.
The gun was later discovered by
an employee of the child's preschool
day care in the rural central Maine
community of Hallowell, near the
state's capital of Augusta.
Maloney said she chose not to
pursue felony charges because she
believed the incident was an acci-
dent. She said in a phone interview
that the state had extended a plea
offer to Keene, who has not yet
responded to it.
"If I thought that he'd intended
to have the gun go to day care, this
would be a very different case," said
Maloney. "But I'm optimistic we'll
be able to come to some common
She said the victims were the wor-
ried parents of other children attend-
ing the day care.
Keene's attorney did not imme-
diately respond to a call seeking
Day care owner Elizabeth Rollins
said an employee at her home day
care in Hallowell had discovered the
gun, and that her husband had
quickly removed it from the prem-
"We were in denial," said Rollins.
"We wanted to believe it was a toy
gun. But it was real."
She said the nearly four months
since the incident occurred in April
have been stressful, but a learning
experience for her and hopefully,
other day care owners.
"I've put a lot of time into talking
to parents about the incident, and
making sure that my kids, and theirs,
are protected," she said. "We'll be
happy for some closure." Reuters
Drone strikes kill
eight in Yemen
Palace guards attend durbar, in Maiduguri, Nigeria, yesterday. Nigerians in the birthplace of an Islamic
uprising gripping the northeast yesterday celebrated the Muslim holy day of Eid al-Fitr with devout
prayers and a joyful show of adulation for their king that attracted more than 10,000 people. It was the
first durbar in three years in the city of Maiduguri and the joy that it could take place albeit amid massive
security was heard in the cries of ululating women, screams of delight from children and men chanting
"Long live the king!" AP PHOTO
LONG LIVE THE KING
Maine man who sent son to day care with loaded gun pleads not guilty
Arizona man's hilarious quest
to find his stolen package
announced to the world he was alive
and well after hackers broke into
microblogs run by a news agency
late on Wednesday and posted false
reports of his death.
"I'm alive and well. I understand
that some people are trying to use
their sites to catch people's attention
or are fulfilling the orders of some
authority or another," the former Sovi-
et president, 82, said in a statement
on newspaper Novaya Gazeta's web-
He said the hackers had been "hop-
ing in vain", and used a Russian pro-
fanity to describe them.
Gorbachev is disliked by many Rus-
sians for what they see as his role in
the collapse of the Soviet Union,
which was followed by political and
economic chaos in the 90s.
The state-run RIA news agency
removed the bogus posts from its
Twitter blogs within minutes and said
it had launched an internal investi-
gation and requested an investigation
by the Federal Security Service.
The spokesman for the last pres-
ident of the Soviet Union said in June
Gorbachev had been taken to hospital
for tests. Rumors about his health
Gorbachev has maintained his
interest in politics and criticized Russ-
ian President Vladimir Putin's return
to the Kremlin last year.
The hacked sites included Twitter
accounts of RIA's German-language
service and its International Multi-
media Press Centre. (Reuters)
he is dead
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