4 peacekeepers killed
Four Nigerian peacekeepers were killed and eight wounded in an ambush in Sudan’s restive West Darfur region, the United Nations said Wednesday. U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky said the ambush on a United Nations-African Union peacekeeping patrol in El-Geneina took place Tuesday evening. The U.N. Security Council late Wednesday condemned the attack “in the strongest terms” and called on all parties in Darfur to cooperate with the peacekeeping mission. Darfur has been torn by conflict since 2003, when rebels took up arms against the central government, accusing it of discrimination and neglect. Violence has tapered off, but clashes continue and peacekeepers remain a target.
Protesters cut off power
Yemen’s electricity company said Wednesday protesting tribesman blew up main pylons a day earlier, cutting off power to the capital, Sanaa, and plunging it into darkness. Power outages are common in Yemen, where the cash-strapped government struggles with resources. Sabotage attacks on oil pipelines and electricity pylons are also common in the country, which is flush with weapons and where the government has little control outside the main cities. Security officials said repair teams have not been able to reach the damaged pylons in Marib, northeast of the capital, because the tribesmen were blocking the way.
Dome scaler descends
An Italian man gave up his protest atop the St. Peter’s Basilica on Wednesday evening, after more than 24 hours perched on the 426-foot dome to demonstrate against government reforms. Two firefighters helped pull Marcello De Finizio inside the basilica a full day after he had eluded Vatican security to scale the dome and unfurl a banner reading: “Help! Enough Monti!” — referring to President Mario Monti, the architect of Italy’s economic reforms. De Finizio was taken directly to the Rome police station, but told the Associated Press by cell phone that it was a “formality” and he did not expect to face any charges.
Compiled from wire reports.