Drone is shot down
Israel shot down a drone Thursday as it approached the country’s northern coast, the military said. Suspicion immediately fell on the Hezbollah militant group in Lebanon. The incident was likely to raise already heightened tensions between Israel and Hezbollah, a bitter enemy that battled Israel to a stalemate during a monthlong war in 2006. A military spokesman said the military waited for the aircraft to enter Israeli airspace, confirmed it was “enemy,” and then shot it down.
Five dead in bomb blast
A bomb exploded outside an election office of one of Pakistan’s main political parties Thursday evening, killing five people in the latest attack ahead of the nation’s May 11 elections. As the election approaches, militant groups have increasingly been attacking liberal, secular parties such as the one targeted Thursday in the port city of Karachi. The onslaught has forced many of the parties to raise questions about whether the vote can be considered valid if some mainstream parties can’t properly take part.
Fighting kills at least 41
At least 41 people died Thursday on the third straight day of pitched fighting between Iraqi security forces and Sunni Arabs, as Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki warned the country was in crisis. The national police battled back Sunni fighters in the northern city of Mosul, where individuals took up arms after security forces opened fire early Tuesday on an encampment of Sunni protesters in the city of Hawijah.
U.S. tourists’ boat sinks
A brother and sister from the U.S. are recovering in the eastern Caribbean island of St. Lucia after their ship sank during a fishing trip, forcing them to swim almost 14 hours to reach land. Dan Suski, of San Francisco, and Kate Suski, of Seattle, said the ship experienced an electrical problem and began to take on water, leading them, the captain and the first mate to abandon the sinking ship almost 12 miles off St. Lucia’s west coast. Those two also survived.
Compiled from wire reports.