World Briefs: 58 die in attack on Nigerian school

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DAMATURU, Nigeria -- Islamic militants set fire to a locked dormitory at a school in northern Nigeria, then shot and slit the throats of students who tried to escape through windows during a pre-dawn attack Tuesday. At least 58 students were killed, including many who were burned alive.

Soldiers guarding a checkpoint near the coed government school were mysteriously withdrawn hours before it was targeted by the militants, said the spokesman for the governor of northeastern Yobe state.

Female students were spared in the attack, although girls and women have been abducted in the past by militants of the Boko Haram movement, whose name means "Western education is forbidden."

Mexico to hold drug lord

MEXICO CITY -- Mexico made clear Tuesday it is determined to keep Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman in its highest-security prison for the foreseeable future, putting off U.S. extradition in a move that could bolster President Enrique Pena Nieto's nationalist credentials but also shine a light on the country's courts.

Experts say Mr. Pena Nieto's administration and those of his predecessors have proven unable to match headline-grabbing arrests like Mr. Guzman's with complex, long-term investigations and prosecutions of deep-rooted criminal networks.

Pakistan to target extremists

WASHINGTON -- The Pakistani government is on the verge of launching a major military offensive in the North Waziristan tribal region following a series of brutal Taliban attacks in recent weeks and the apparent failure of peace talks with the militants, according to a senior Pakistani official.

Planning for the operation comes amid a Pakistan-requested pause in U.S. drone strikes now entering its third month -- the longest period without an attack in more than two years -- and a series of high-level U.S.-Pakistan meetings.

Ex-Gitmo detainee arrested

LONDON -- Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg was among four people arrested in Britain on Tuesday on suspicion of terrorism offenses related to the war in Syria, British police said.

Mr. Begg, 45, was arrested at his home in south Birmingham on Tuesday morning on suspicion of "attending a terrorist training camp and facilitating terrorism overseas," the West Midlands Police said in a statement.

Mr. Begg spent nearly three years in U.S. custody at prisons in Afghanistan and in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, before being released in 2005 without charge.

List of 'top gays' published

KAMPALA, Uganda -- A Ugandan newspaper published a list Tuesday of what it called the country's "200 top" gays, outing some Ugandans and raising fears of violence against those named just a day after the president enacted a severe anti-gay law.

Meanwhile, Secretary of State John Kerry warned that the U.S. could cut aid to the East African nation over the new law, which punishes gay sex with up to life in prison.

Also in the world ...

The Japanese government on Tuesday unveiled the draft of a contentious new national energy plan that calls for the long-term reliance on nuclear power and all but voids the phase-out pledge of an earlier administration. ... Egypt has appointed Ibrahim Mahlab, a man with close ties to longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak, to become the country's new prime minister.



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