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Report: US Building Drone Bases in Africa, Arabian Peninsula

The United States is reported to be expanding a secret drone program in east Africa and the Arabian peninsula in order to gather intelligence and strike al-Qaida-linked militants in Somalia and Yemen.

Citing U.S. defense officials, The Washington Post reported that the U.S. is building a new military installation to host the unmanned aircraft in Ethiopia, where drones can more easily attack members of the militant group al-Shabab that is fighting for control of neighboring Somalia.

Gunmen Dump 35 Bodies on Busy Mexican Roadway

Mexican authorities have found the bodies of 35 people suspected of having ties to organized crime in the eastern port city of Veracruz.

State prosecutor Reynaldo Escobar said some of the bodies were left in trucks while others were dumped on a busy roadway, near a shopping center.

Escobar said the victims, both men and women, had connections to organized crime. He did not provide further explanation, but many believe the deaths were drug cartel related.

Attacks between rival drug cartels have been escalating in the Veracruz area.

Pakistani Killer Mob Members Sentenced to Death

A Pakistani court has sentenced seven men to death for the killing of two teenage boys last year that was recorded and broadcast on television.

An anti-terrorism court in the city of Gujranwala, in Punjab province, issued the verdict late Tuesday.

The court sentenced six others to life imprisonment, while 10 police officers were given three year sentences for failing to intervene.

The two teenage brothers had been branded as thieves by local men in the town of Sailkot. They were beaten to death by a mob beat before being hanged from a pole.

Kenyan PM Evacuated After Discovery of Grenade

Kenya's Prime Minister Raila Odinga has been evacuated from his office after an unexploded hand grenade was found in another part of the building he works in.

Aides to Mr. Odinga say police advised the prime minister to leave his building in the capital, Nairobi, at about 1 p.m. Tuesday.

They say Mr. Odinga was meeting with Chief Justice Willy Mutunga at the time.

Police say a plumber found the hand grenade, but there was no immediate word on who planted it.

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Turkish Bomb Blast Kills 3, Injures 15

A powerful car bomb explosion has rocked the Turkish capital, Ankara, killing three people and injuring 15 others, at least five seriously.

The bomb exploded Tuesday near government buildings and a secondary school, damaging cars and shops in the surrounding area and starting a fire.

Turkish officials say the blast appears to have been a terrorist attack. Interior Minister Idris Naim Sahin said the intent was to inflict as much harm as possible as the blast occurred in an area of heavy car and pedestrian traffic.

No groups or individuals have claimed responsibility for the blast.

Gunmen Kill 36 in Burundi Bar Attack

Burundi's president is vowing to track down gunmen who opened fire in a bar near the Congolese border late Sunday, killing at least 36 people.

President Pierre Nkurunziza said Monday the attackers are believed to have crossed the border from Congo, although authorities have not yet determined who was behind the massacre.

Witnesses says assailants burst into the pub late Sunday, ordered patrons to the ground and began shooting. The raid took place in Gatumba, about 15 kilometers west of the capital, Bujumbura and about five kilometers from eastern Congo.

Bomb Targets Pakistani Police Official, 8 Killed

A Taliban suicide bomber has detonated a vehicle packed with explosives outside the house of a senior police official in Pakistan's southern city of Karachi, killing at least eight people.

Monday's attack killed six police officers guarding the police official's house. A teacher and her son, who were passing by, were also killed in the blast.

The Pakistan Taliban claimed responsibility for the bombing, which targeted Senior Superintendent of Police Chaudhry Aslam.

Aslam escaped unharmed and later told reporters that he will not be deterred by Monday's "cowardly act."

Pakistani Troops, Taliban Battle for Drone Wreckage

Pakistani intelligence officials say government troops and Taliban militants fought Sunday for possession of debris from a suspected U.S. drone that crashed in the South Waziristan tribal region.

The officials say at least two militants were killed and one Pakistani soldier was wounded in the battle for the wreckage of the sophisticated aircraft that went down late Saturday near the Jangara village. The Pakistani Taliban says it shot down the drone, but Pakistani officials said a technical fault may have caused the crash. Drone crashes inside Pakistan are rare.

Death Toll in Pakistan Suicide Attack Rises to 45

The death toll from a suicide attack on a funeral in northwest Pakistan has risen to 45.

Thursday's bombing targeted members of an anti-Taliban militia as they gathered for funeral prayers in the Lower Dir tribal area. Some 70 people were hospitalized with injuries.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Pakistani Taliban has stepped up attacks on pro-government tribes.

On Tuesday, gunmen opened fire on a school bus on the outskirts of the city of Peshawar, killing four children and the driver.