SANAA, Yemen -- At least 52 people were killed in a deadly attack in the Yemeni capital Thursday when militants penetrated the headquarters of the nation's Ministry of Defense in a two-stage assault that began shortly after the start of the workday.
Security officials said the attack began about 9 a.m. when a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle at one of the ministry's entrances. Taking advantage of the confusion the explosion caused, a second vehicle broke into the ministry's perimeter, disgorging gunmen wearing military uniforms who opened fire, engaging soldiers stationed inside the ministry in a lengthy series of gunbattles. No organization immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, the most brazen in Sanaa since May 2012, when a suicide bomber dressed in a military uniform blew himself up in the middle of a rehearsal for a military parade, killing more than 100 soldiers.
Afghan policewoman slain
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Two gunmen on a motorcycle shot and killed a policewoman in western Afghanistan on Thursday, wounding her daughter and two other family members who were with her. It was the fourth killing of an Afghan policewoman in the past six months.
The incident took place on the outskirts of Zaranj, the provincial capital, early Thursday, as the policewoman, Masooma, who like many Afghans used only one name, was taking her young relatives to school before going to work.
Female police officers, especially in more rural areas, are extremely vulnerable. That is partly because there are so few of them that they are easily spotted, and also because of an ingrained cultural resistance to women taking public roles.
2 Gitmo prisoners freed
MIAMI -- The United States involuntarily repatriated two Guantanamo prisoners to Algeria on Wednesday, a move their lawyers decried as political expedience and U.S. government officials said signaled another step toward emptying the controversial prison camps in southeast Cuba.
The transfer was the first since two other men went willingly to Algeria in August. It left the captive population at the U.S. Navy base prison at 162 men, according to a Pentagon statement Thursday.
Those sent back were Djamel Ameziane, 46, and Belkacem Bensayah, 51. Both were brought to the base in early 2002 and held at the crude Camp X-Ray prison camp.
Neither man was ever charged with a crime during a decade of detention at Guantanamo; their lawyers said each man opposed return to his homeland.
Ukrainians protest leaders
KIEV, Ukraine -- A senior U.S. official urged the leaders of the Ukrainian protest movement on Thursday to find a solution to the crisis that would adhere to the Ukrainian Constitution -- effectively telling them that President Viktor F. Yanukovych must remain in power despite the demands by hundreds of thousands of demonstrators for his ouster.