Four U.S. workers released
The detention of four U.S. military personnel in Libya on Friday was preceded by a confrontation at a checkpoint in which gunshots were fired and a vehicle was damaged, a witness in Libya and an Obama administration official said Saturday. Details about the confrontation, which occurred about an hourís drive west from Tripoli, remained unclear Saturday. The four military personnel, assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, were held for several hours and then released. A spokesman for the U.S. Africa Command, which oversees military operations in Africa, declined to comment on accounts of the episode in Libya.
Report revisits Benghazi
Months of investigation by the New York Times, centered on extensive interviews with Libyans in Benghazi who had direct knowledge of the Sept. 11, 2011 attack on American interests there turned up no evidence that al-Qaida or other international terrorist groups had any role in the assault that killed U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. The attack was led, instead, by fighters who had benefited directly from NATOís extensive air power and logistics support during the uprising against Moammar Gadhafi. And contrary to claims by some members of Congress, it was fueled in large part by anger at an American-made video denigrating Islam.
Fire aboard train kills 26
A fire engulfed a coach of an express train in southern India on Saturday, killing at least 26 passengers, many of whom became trapped and suffocated after the doors failed to open, officials said. As the fire raced through the car at about 3:45 a.m., passengers broke the windows and many saved themselves by jumping from the train. Sixty-seven passengers were in the carriage when the fire broke out near Puttaparthi in Andhra Pradesh state.
Earthquake causes panic
A magnitude-6 earthquake struck Saturday in the Mediterranean Sea, south of the Turkish province of Antalya. The quake caused panic, but no damage or casualties were reported.
Compiled from wire reports.