World News June3: NATO Rescue, Mubarak Sentenced, Deaths Up in Iraq

By: AP
By: AP
NATO rescues 4 kidnapped aid workers... Mubarak life sentence sets off protests...Iraqi figures show slight growth in death toll...Panetta arrives at former US base in Vietnam...Shots fired at Canada shopping mall,1 dead...Canada defends military drone attacks...US drone in Pakistan kills 10 suspected militants...Suu Kyi returns home after 1st trip in 24 years...Hun Sen

Hosni Mubarak

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Britain's prime minister is praising British, NATO and Afghan troops for carrying out what he calls a "breathtaking" and "extraordinarily brave" rescue mission early today in Afghanistan. The troops stormed a mountain cave and rescued four kidnapped aid workers.
Helicopters, flying under the cover of darkness, ferried the rescue team to extreme northeastern Afghanistan where they suspected the hostages were being held. After confirming the workers were there, they raided the site, killed several militants and freed the hostages, ending their nearly two-week ordeal.
The hostages, a British woman, a Kenyan woman and two Afghan colleagues, are said to be in good health. They work for Medair, a humanitarian non-governmental organization based near Lausanne, Switzerland.
Meanwhile, NATO says a service member has died following an insurgent attack in southern Afghanistan. The coalition released no other details about the death.
So far this year, 177 foreign troops have been killed in Afghanistan.

CAIRO (AP) -- About 10,000 protesters have flooded the streets of Cairo after Hosni Mubarak was sentenced to life in prison for failing to stop the killing of protesters during the uprising that ousted him, offering his opponents a measure of justice.
But he and his two sons were acquitted of corruption Saturday in a verdict that did not satisfy public demands for accountability after what the chief judge called 30 years of "darkness" under the old regime.
The mixed ruling set off street protests with protesters chanting: "The people want execution of the murderer."

BAGHDAD (AP) -- Official figures show a slight increase in the number of Iraqis killed in violence for the last two months.
Figures released by the Defense, Interior and Health Ministry on Saturday showed that 132 people were killed in May, including 90 civilians, 20 policemen and 22 soldiers.
That's up from 126 deaths in April and 112 in March -- the lowest monthly death toll since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.
The bloodiest day of the past month was Thursday when 18 people were killed in a series of bombings and shootings, most in the capital of Baghdad.
Violence has fallen in Iraq since a wave of sectarian fighting in 2006 and 2007, but insurgents still carry out attacks on security forces and civilians to undermine the Shiite-led government.

CAM RANH BAY, Vietnam (AP) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has arrived at a former U.S. air and naval base at Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam, becoming the most senior American official to go there since the war ended.
Panetta says he hopes to encourage efforts with Vietnam to locate and identify more of the U.S. war dead who are still missing.
He plans to visit the USNS Richard E. Byrd, a cargo ship operated by the Navy's Military Sealift Command. The ship has a largely civilian crew and is used to move military supplies to U.S. forces around the world.
The U.S. military's Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command has six recovery teams and two investigative teams in Vietnam searching for troop remains. There are about 1,200 unaccounted for service members believed to be in Vietnam.

TORONTO (AP) -- One person is dead and seven others are injured after a gunman opened fire in a busy food court in one of Canada's busiest malls.
Some of the injuries came when people were trampled on and pushed. A Toronto police spokesman says two people are in critical condition.
Witnesses say multiple shots were fired in the food court in the downtown Eaton Centre and that hundreds of panicked shoppers sprinted for the exits. The mall was evacuated.
Toronto Blue Jays baseball player Brett Lawrie tweeted that he sprinted out of the mall after hearing the shots.
The suspect has not been apprehended.
The Eaton Centre is a busy shopping area in Canada's largest city and is popular with tourists.

SINGAPORE (AP) -- Canada has defended the use of military drone attacks, saying technological advances have reduced civilian causalities.
National Defense Minister Peter Gordon MacKay told an Asian security summit Sunday that the "intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities we saw in Libya and Afghanistan prove the effectiveness" of unmanned systems.
MacKay said at the IISS Shangri-la Dialogue that "these eyes-on systems that can literally read a license plate from outer space."
MacKay was responding to a question about U.S. drone attacks in Pakistan, a key tactic in the campaign against al-Qaida and its Taliban supporters.
Canada's military has participated in the U.S.-led decade-long war in Afghanistan and also in NATO strikes in Libya last year.

ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistani officials say an American drone strike in the frontier tribal areas has killed 10 suspected militants.
Two Pakistani intelligence officials say four missiles were fired at the village of Mana Raghzai near the border with Afghanistan on Sunday morning.
At the time of the attack, suspected militants were gathered to offer condolences to the brother of a militant commander killed during an American unmanned drone attack on Saturday.
Pakistan has repeatedly asked the U.S. to stop the drone attacks. But the U.S. has pushed ahead with the drone program that it considers vital to battling al-Qaida and the Taliban.

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi (ahng sahn soo chee) has completed her first trip out of Myanmar in 24 years. Her tour of Thailand highlighted her new freedom to explore the world -- and to return back home.
Aides from Suu Kyi's opposition party greeted her at Yangon's airport Sunday after her six-day trip to neighboring Thailand.
Suu Kyi, who spent 15 of the last two decades under house arrest, had previously refused to leave the country during brief periods of freedom for fear she would not be allowed to return.
Her trip was viewed as proof of her confidence in Myanmar's new civilian government, whose political reforms contrast starkly with that of the former military junta.
In mid-June, Suu Kyi will take a five-country tour of Europe.

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) -- Prime Minister Hun Sen's ruling party was expected to win local elections in Cambodia in a vote that monitors say is tainted by vote buying and other irregularities.
Sunday's elections for governing councils are viewed as the key indicator of public opinion ahead of general elections in 2013.
Hun Sen's Cambodian People's Party has ruled Cambodia for nearly three decades. It has strong rural support and overwhelmingly won both previous local elections in 2002 and 2007.


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