Israel ends curfew on Nilin The Israeli army yesterday lifted a blockade and curfew in the Palestinian town of Nilin, where violent protests had erupted against Israel's West Bank barrier. Trucks unloaded goods and residents surveyed homes with broken windows and bullet marks after confrontations on Monday between stone-throwers and Israeli soldiers in which at least 10 Palestinians were hurt.
NILIN - Reuters
Swiss group seeks minaret banning
A far-right campaign against the building of minarets in Switzerland scored a first victory, after it obtained some 115,000 signatures that could force the Swiss population to vote on the issue. The organizing committee opposing such buildings said that minarets were not buildings with religious characteristics, rather, they symbolized a "political-religious claim to power.
GENEVA - Agence France-Presse
Kenyan minister quits over scandal
Kenya's embattled finance minister is resigned yesterday following a week of protests over the sale of a government owned hotel. Questions over whether Amos Kimunya sold the luxury hotel for a third of its value and who was involved in the deal have placed severe strains on a coalition cabinet formed earlier this year to end weeks of post-election bloodshed.
NAIROBI - The Associated Press
Hurricane Bertha strengthens rapidly
Strengthening far more swiftly and vigorously than predicted, Hurricane Bertha became a "major" hurricane in the open Atlantic on Monday, with sustained winds of at least 115 miles per hour (185 kph), U.S. forecasters said. "A gradual turn toward the northwest with a decrease in forward speed is expected over the next couple of days," the the National Hurricane Center said.
MIAMI - Reuters
Rebels attack Somali gov't HQ
Heavily armed Islamist rebels have attacked the presidential palace and key installations in the Somali government's Baidoa headquarters, killing at least four soldiers, officials said on yesterday. "Several mortar shells landed on us, killing three troops," Ibrahim Ali Isak, a guard at Baidoa's high-walled presidential palace, said by telephone.
BAIDOA - Reuters
Tornado hits North Dakota
A tornado has torn through several towns in northern North Dakota, destroying at least one building, damaging others and injuring at least two people. The National Weather Service said the tornado was reported in Rolla on Monday afternoon. Rolette County Commissioner Eldon Moors said the tornado cut a swath of damage about 2 blocks wide and hit up to 15 homes.
ROLLA - The Associated Press