Prime minister resigns
Prime Minister Garry Conille resigned Friday after less than five months on the job in a setback for President Michel Martelly, whose struggle to fill the top government post has hampered earthquake reconstruction and other development efforts. Conille has not said why he resigned, but his decision came after weeks of rumors of strife between him and other officials in the administration.
More surgery for Chavez
President Hugo Chavez bid an emotional farewell as he departed Venezuela on Friday for Cuba for urgent surgery to remove a tumor that he said is probably malignant. Chavez, 57, who is seeking a fourth term in October elections, is turning to the same Cuban doctors who extracted a baseball-size cancerous tumor from his pelvic region last summer. Cuba and Venezuela are staunch allies, and Chavez enjoys a warm relationship with former leader Fidel Castro and his brother, President Raul Castro.
U.S. drone strike kills 4
A U.S. military drone strike that targeted an international militant in southern Somalia killed four al-Shabab fighters, officials said Friday. A U.S. official in Washington confirmed the attack was carried out by a U.S. drone. A second U.S. official said an “international” member of al-Shabab was the target of the strike, though he said a white Kenyan reported killed in the attack was not the target.
Americans’ trial to start
A trial for at least 16 Americans set to begin Sunday in Egypt could have far-reaching implications for the pro-democracy movement that has been sweeping the Middle East. The Americans are employees of four U.S.-based nongovernmental organizations, known as NGOs. They have been assisting Egyptian groups with election reforms, voter education and other civil society programs. They have been charged with operating without government approval and interfering in local politics.
Compiled from wire reports.