78 soldiers die in attacks
Syrian rebels killed 78 soldiers on Thursday, about half of them in attacks on military checkpoints in the north just hours after a wave of bombings hit the Damascus area, activists said. The unusually high toll for regime forces came after days of intense air bombardment of rebel positions around the country that killed hundreds more. Anti-regime activists say President Bashar Assad’s regime has been making even heavier use than before of airstrikes to try to win back territory rebels have captured, including the city of Maaret al-Numan on a key route from the capital Damascus to the commercial hub of Aleppo. Rebels have been using the city as a base to disrupt government supplies.
Bomb kills 2, injures 37
A suitcase bomb exploded near a town square where 5,000 children were celebrating Halloween, killing two suspected bombers and injuring 37 people, including two boys who were hospitalized in critical condition Thursday, authorities said. The two dead were suspected members of a drug-trafficking band allied with rebels from the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, police said.
U.S. student stabbed
A U.S. student at an American university in Rome was stabbed about 25 times by a fellow student as he slept following Halloween night partying at a club and was hospitalized in serious condition, police said Thursday. The alleged assailant, an American-born student with both U.S. and Italian citizenship, was arrested early Thursday. The motive for the attack wasn’t clear. Police did not immediately release the name of the wounded student. Both young men attend John Cabot University.
Tidal rise floods Venice
Over half of Venice was under water Thursday, as the historic lagoon town was hit by exceptionally high tides. Water levels rose above 55 inches overnight and were expected to remain above critical levels “for about 15 hours,” local authorities said. It was the highest tide level since December 2010.
Compiled from wire reports.