GERMANY

Protest at Iran embassy

A group of assailants pelted the Iranian Embassy in Berlin with stones and paint and pulled down an Iranian flag Wednesday afternoon — prompting Germany’s foreign minister to express regret to his counterpart in Tehran. Police said about 30 were involved in the incident. The assailants didn’t enter the building and authorities were able to detain 10 of them. There was no immediate information on their possible motives.

ECUADOR

WikiLeaks founder ailing

Ecuador’s ambassador to Britain said Wednesday that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has developed a chronic lung infection and requires constant medical attention at his refuge in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London. Ambassador Ana Alban made the comment in Quito without offering further details. Assange took refuge in Ecuador’s London embassy on June 19 after unsuccessfully fighting extradition from Britain to Sweden for questioning on sexual assault charges filed by two women.

CONGO

Rebel group retreating

Rebels believed to be backed by Rwanda began retreating from the territory they seized last week and pulled out of the region of Masisi, their military leader said Wednesday, in the first concrete sign that international pressure has stemmed the advance of the fighters. Gen. Sultani Makenga, the military chief for the 8-month-old rebellion known as M23, said his fighters intend to abide by an ultimatum issued by neighboring nations that called for their withdrawal from Goma by Friday.

TUNISIA

177 injured in clashes

A strike in a low income region of Tunisia degenerated into a second day of clashes between police and protesters, leaving 177 people injured, including some seriously, a hospital official said Wednesday. A local labor union organized a general strike in Siliana to protest a lack of jobs and government investment. Witnesses said police violently dispersed a peaceful march. The Interior Ministry, however, said police acted when demonstrators attacked city hall and threw stones at security forces.

Compiled from wire reports.