World briefs: Sudan blames Israel for attack

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JOHANNESBURG -- Sudan on Wednesday accused Israel of launching an airstrike that caused a large explosion at a munitions factory, killing two people, in a residential area of the capital, Khartoum.

Information Minister Ahmed Belal Osman said four planes bombed the Yarmouk complex housing a military arms factory south of the capital and that an analysis of debris from the explosion confirmed Israel was behind the attack. The government of Israel, which has been accused in the past of airstrikes in Sudan, did not comment.

Mr. Belal said the planes used sophisticated technology to evade anti-aircraft systems. The Sudanese government would take the matter to the U.N. Security Council, he said.

Hurricane in Caribbean

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Hurricane Sandy roared across Jamaica Wednesday on a course that would take it on to Cuba and then possibly threaten Florida.

An elderly man was killed in Jamaica when he was crushed by a boulder and a woman in Haiti was swept away by a rushing river.

The storm's eye crossed Jamaica and emerged off its northern coast near Port Antonio, meteorologists said, but rains and winds continued to pound the island. It was the first direct hit by the eye of a hurricane on Jamaica since Hurricane Gilbert 24 years ago.

A hurricane watch was issued for Cuba and the Bahamas. Forecasters at the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said tropical storm conditions were possible along the southeastern Florida coast, the Upper Keys and Florida Bay by Friday morning.

Activist claims torture

MOSCOW -- An opposition activist being held by Russian authorities says he was kidnapped from Ukraine, tortured and forced to sign a confession, a human rights group said Wednesday.

Leonid Razvozzhayev told five members of the Independent Observers Commission on Tuesday night that he was abducted Friday in Kiev, smuggled back to Russia and subjected to ill-treatment and psychological torment that compelled him to sign and read on videotape a 10-page confession of plotting to organize mass disturbances.

Commission leader Valery Borshchyov expressed grave concerns that Russian authorities were returning to Stalinist methods of suppressing dissent.

Abuse case to be reviewed

LONDON -- Britain's director of public prosecutions said Wednesday that he would review a decision by prosecutors in 2009 not to bring charges of sexual abuse leveled against Jimmy Savile, one of Britain's best-known TV hosts, apparently because the suspected victims did not wish to proceed to court.

The announcement seemed certain to reinforce accusations by critics of Savile and of his employer, the British Broadcasting Corp., that no action was taken to restrain or censure him even though rumors about misbehavior had been swirling for decades.

Since Savile's death a year ago at 84, the number of possible victims has exploded from a handful to over 200, primarily but not exclusively underage girls, police said.

Gadhafi stronghold taken

BANI WALID, Libya -- Libya's government said Wednesday that it had taken control of one of the last strongholds of deposed dictator Moammar Gadhafi's loyalists, as its fighters in the heart of the city fired their guns into the air to celebrate victory after fierce battles that left dozens dead and thousands displaced.

The capture of Bani Walid, some 90 miles southeast of Tripoli, was a triumph for the government that replaced Gadhafi's regime. But the length of time it took the government to secure the town -- a full year -- underlined the difficulties faced by the new regime in imposing its authority over squabbling tribes and heavily armed militias.

-- Compiled from news services



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