WORLD NEWS IN BRIEF: Two U.S. military advisers killed in Afghanistan; Nelson Mandela hospitalized

Saturday, February 25, 2012 | 7:34 p.m. CST; updated 8:53 p.m. CST, Saturday, February 25, 2012
An Afghan medic carries a protester wounded during an anti-U.S. demonstration in Mehterlam, Laghman province east of Kabul, Afghanistan on Saturday. Protesters threw rocks at police, government buildings and a U.N. office in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, kicking off a fifth day of riots sparked by the burning of Qurans at a U.S. base, officials said.

Two U.S. military advisers killed inside Afghan ministry building: KABUL, Afghanistan — Two military advisers were shot in the back of the head Saturday inside a heavily guarded ministry building.

The killings are part of a response of protests that have raged for five days after the burning of copies of the Quran at a U.S. army base.


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— Deb Riechmann and Raham Faiez/The Associated Press

Car bomb kills 25 in southern Yemen: SANNA, Yemen — A car bomb outside the gate of a presidential compound in Yemen killed at least 25 people. 

The attack occurred hours after Yemen's new president, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, was sworn in. Furthermore hours after he addressed parliament, an attack carried out by a suicide bomber rocked Mukalla in the province of Hadramout.

During his speech Hadi vowed to keep up Yemen's fight against militants, who have taken advantage of the country's political turmoil, but he faces an onslaught of challenges as he tries to bring stability to the country.

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In Tunisia, Clinton cites promise of Arab Spring: TUNIS, Tunisia — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton warned of "backsliding in the democratic transformations" taking place in the Middle East and North Africa during visits to Tunisia and Algeria on Saturday.

She praised Tunisia for its recent commitment to democratic reform and called on the Tunisian public to help protect the democracy that they had fought for. Tunisia overthrew autocratic ruler Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in January 2011.

On Friday, Clinton was in Tunisia to attend a meeting of countries backing opponents of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
—  Matthew Lee/The Associated Press


Nelson Mandela, 93, hospitalized with stomach ailment: JOHANNESBURG — Former South African President Nelson Mandela was hospitalized on Saturday in relation to a "long standing abdominal complaint," according to current president, Jacob Zuma. 

Mandela, a Nobel peace laureate, spent 27 years in prison for fighting racist white rule before becoming the nation's first black president. Although Mandela is officially retired he maintains a moderate influence on the South African political climate. 

A planned, undisclosed procedure was completed and "doctors are satisfied with his condition." Zuma said Mandela was expected to be discharged from the hospital Sunday or Monday.

— Donna Bryson/The Associated Press

Egypt moves forward with trial of 16 Americans: CAIRO — Forty-three defendants, including 16 Americans, are set to be put on trial Monday in Egypt

They are charged with "the illegal use of foreign funds to foment unrest and operating without a license."

The investigation of the alleged "foreign influence" has received harsh criticism from various U.S. officials and rights groups.

Because some U.S. officials have threatened to cut aid to Egypt in response to the case, Egyptian authorities have "blasted" the U.S. for meddling in Egypt's legal affairs.
— Aya Batrawy/The Associated Press


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