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Islamist Group Claims Responsibility for Nigeria Bombing

Militant Islamist group Boko Haram is claiming responsibility for a suicide bombing outside a police headquarters in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, Thursday. At least two people were killed and several others wounded in the blast.

Nigerian police spokesman Olusola Amore says the explosion struck the parking lot of a police headquarters Thursday morning, killing the suspected suicide bomber and a police traffic warden, and destroying at least 30 cars.

Amore said the explosion occurred when the traffic warden climbed into the bomber's vehicle to direct it to the parking lot to be searched.

Militants Launch More Attacks in Southern Yemen

Armed militants have attacked government buildings near the southern Yemeni town of Houta, which they assaulted on Wednesday.

Residents told Reuters news agency the attackers in the Thursday assault briefly took over a security forces administrative building and council offices before retreating.

On Wednesday, the al-Qaida-linked group Ansar al-Sharia, or Supporters of Sharia (Islamic law), attacked Houta before dawn, briefly seizing key areas of the provincial capital and battling with government security forces.

Suspected US Missile Strikes Kill 14 in Pakistan

Pakistani intelligence officials say U.S. missile strikes have killed at least 14 militants in Pakistan's northwest tribal region.

Two of Wednesday's drone strikes hit a militant compound and a vehicle near Wana, the main town in the South Waziristan tribal area, along the Afghan border.

Officials say those killed are believed to have been allied with militant commander Maulvi Nazir, whose fighters are said to cross the border to attack U.S. and NATO troops in neighboring Afghanistan.

Militants Raid Southern Yemeni Town

Several hundred gunmen attacked the Yemeni town of Houta on Wednesday and briefly seized control of parts of the southern town as they fought with security forces.

The armed group, which is suspected of including al-Qaida members, launched the attack before dawn. Witnesses and medics say one security force member was killed and at least three wounded in the fighting.

The attack raises concerns of increased violence from militant groups nationwide in the wake of anti-government protests and the absence of President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Militants seized two other southern cities in May.

Somali Pirates Free Egyptian Ship Held Since August

Somali pirates have released an Egyptian-owned cargo ship and its crew after receiving a ransom of more than two million dollars.

The Panama-flagged MV Suez was seized in the Gulf of Aden more than 10 months ago while carrying a load of cement from Pakistan to Eritrea.

The ship has a crew of 23 people, including Pakistanis, Indians and Egyptians. Their condition is unknown, but Pakistani officials said they expect the freed hostages to return home soon.

Kurdish Rebel Leader Warns of Return to Conflict

The leader of the rebel Kurdish group PKK warns of a return to conflict in Turkey if the newly re-elected government does not meet the group's demands for Kurdish autonomy. Much of the focus in the election campaign was on the economy. The long-standing Kurdish issue could derail Turkey’s political progress.

Guerrilla warfare

Training in the Qendil mountains on the border with Iraq: PKK rebels that Turkey, the U.S. and the EU consider terrorists.

The Kurdistan Workers’ Party or PKK has waged a 27-year guerrilla war for independence against the Turkish state.

Nigerian Militants Set Strict Terms for Talks

A radical Islamic sect in northern Nigeria says it will continue deadly attacks in the region unless the government meets strict terms for talks.

In a statement, Boko Haram insists that strict Islamic law be imposed across northern Nigeria and that the government of northeastern Borno state resign.

The group is also demanding that all of its jailed members be released and that Borno's former governor and senior security officials be prosecuted for the death of a sect leader.

Clinton: Death of Embassy Bombing Suspect Big Blow to al-Qaida

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the death of a man suspected of organizing the 1998 bombings of American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania is a significant blow to al-Qaida.

Most US Military Advisors Out of Pakistan

Most of the U.S. experts sent to Pakistan to help train the country's military in counterinsurgency have left the country at Pakistan's request.

U.S. Vice Admiral Michael LeFever said Friday the United States has almost completed the pullout, though he did not give specific numbers. He said in a statement from the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad that the U.S. remained ready to help Pakistan if asked.

Pakistani security officials, who refused to be named, said about 90 of the approximately 130 U.S. trainers had been sent home.