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ETA Announces End to Armed Activity

The Basque separatist group ETA has declared an end to its 43-year bloody campaign for an indepedent homeland in Europe.

Three ETA members wearing black berets and white hoods that covered their faces made the declaration in a video posted online Thursday. They called on the Spanish and French governments to open talks with the aim of resolving the conflict.

Spain's Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero welcomed the announcement, calling it an important step, but did not say if his government will speak with the group.

Mauritania Strikes Al-Qaida Base in Mali

Mauritania says its military has conducted an air strike on a suspected al-Qaida terrorist base in western Mali.

Authorities say Thursday's raid destroyed a camp in the Wagadou Forest operated by al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb , al-Qaida's northern Africa affiliate.

Military officials said terrorists at the base were preparing to launch a cross-border attack on Mauritania.

In June, Mali and Mauritania carried out a joint operation on an al-Qaida terrorist camp in the same area.

Africans Shed Few Tears for Gadhafi

The reaction to the death of former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has been mostly subdued across sub-Saharan Africa.

While Gadhafi's strongman governing style may not be missed, his economic contributions to the continent certainly will.

The death of a man who once declared himself the King of Kings of Africa, has been met with more relief than grief across the continent.

Lessons from Gadhafi's fall

Reports: Former Libyan Leader Gadhafi Dead

Provisional government officials in Libya say former leader Moammar Gadhafi has died after being wounded as he tried to flee from the town of Sirte. The reports have not been independently confirmed.

Earlier Thursday, military leaders in the National Transitional Council (NTC) said Gadhafi had been taken into custody. NTC officials said he was badly wounded.

Revolutionary fighters made a final push into Sirte, Thursday, after spending weeks battling well-armed Gadhafi loyalists.

US Officials to Press Pakistan on Confronting Militants

Top U.S. officials, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and CIA Director David Petraeus, are due to visit Pakistan to press leaders there on confronting militants in the country's northwest tribal region.

The U.S. delegation for the talks Thursday in Islamabad will also include the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey.

Somali Forces Clash with al-Shabab Militants in Mogadishu

Heavy fighting has broken out between Somali government forces and al-Shabab rebels in the capital of Mogadishu, as Kenyan forces continue to advance across southern Somalia in an effort to hunt down members of the Somali insurgent group.

Officials and witnesses said African Union-backed Somali forces launched an assault Thursday in Mogadishu's Daynile district, one of the few remaining pockets of the Somali capital still controlled by the al-Qaida-linked militants. Somali officials say they are now in control of most parts of the district.

French Woman Kidnapped in Somalia Dies

France's foreign ministry says an elderly French woman kidnapped by suspected Somali militants in Kenya earlier this month has died.

French officials who had been negotiating for the release of Marie Dedieu said Wednesday that unspecified contacts informed them of her death.

Officials say Dedieu probably died because she was not given her medication for cancer and heart problems, which she was required to take every few hours.

Dedieu was in her mid-60's and used a wheelchair, which the kidnappers did not take with them.

Kenya Says Forces Kill 73 al-Shabab Fighters

The Kenyan army says it has killed dozens of al-Shabab militants since launching an incursion into Somalia several days ago.

Army spokesman Emmanuel Chirchir told reporters Wednesday that 73 al-Shabab fighters have died in clashes with Kenyan forces. He said there have been no casualties on the Kenyan side.

There is no independent confirmation of the casualty figures.

5 Moroccans Arrested in Texas Courthouse Break-In

Police say five men arrested in connection to a break-in at a historic building in in Texas are from Morocco.

Officials say three of the men were arrested after the broke into the 120-year-old Bexar County Courthouse in downtown San Antonio. They say the other two were arrested in a recreational vehicle parked in front of the building.

The suspects are being questioned by anti-terror officials, but an FBI spokesman tells VOA there is nothing to indicate there was any imminent threat to the public.