American taken captive

Gunmen kidnapped an American man in the northern Somali town of Galkayo on Saturday, officials said, the same day an airstrike killed a senior insurgent leader with ties to al-Qaida in another part of the country. The gunmen surrounded the manís car shortly after he left the airport, said policeman Abdi Hassan Nur, who witnessed the kidnapping. He said they forced the American into another vehicle. Galkayo is ruled by forces friendly to the U.N.-backed Somali government.


Protesters storm offices

Hundreds of angry Libyans on Saturday stormed the transitional governmentís headquarters in the eastern city of Benghazi, carting off computers, chairs and desks while the countryís interim leader was still holed up in the building. Libyans have grown increasingly frustrated with the pace and direction of reforms in the country more than three months after the end of the civil war that ousted longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi.


14 die in explosions

A string of explosions struck a police truck transporting prisoners in a tense area of northwestern Syria on Saturday, killing at least 14 people, state media and an opposition group said. Government troops also battled defectors in the north in fighting that left 10 people dead.


TV ads for abortion OKíd

Britainís broadcast advertising body has given the go-ahead for private abortion clinics to advertise their services on television, angering those who say that the move desensitizes the public to the practice. The Broadcast Committee of Advertising Practice said late Friday there was no justification for barring private clinics that offer post-pregnancy services, including abortions, from advertising on television. Nonprofit post-pregnancy services are already allowed to advertise on television, and their for-profit counterparts are allowed to advertise in all other media.

Compiled from wire reports.