Sunday, November 3, 2013
BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan (AP) — Thirteen months before most foreign forces are due to withdraw from Afghanistan, American and NATO officials say the Afghan army and police still aren't ready to wage a sustained war against a determined insurgency. On a positive note, U.S. military officials say the Taliban failed to capture any ground from Afghan security forces fighting for the first time without foreign firepower this fighting season. But the insurgents killed scores of soldiers, police and civilians in their campaign to weaken the government.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — NATO says a foreign soldier has been killed in an attack today in eastern Afghanistan. A NATO statement doesn't say where the shooting happened or give the nationality of the soldier killed. In other attacks, Afghan authorities say two police officers have been killed in separate shootings in the country's south.
YOLA, Nigeria (AP) — A Nigerian government spokesman says suspected Islamic militants have attacked a wedding convoy in northeastern Nigeria, killing more than 30 people including the groom. It happened on a road that runs alongside forests where militants from the Boko Haram (BOH'-koh hah-RAHM') terrorist network are known to hide. The military has driven the insurgents from major towns during a more than 5-month-old state of emergency.
CAIRO (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry is reassuring America's Arab allies that the United States will stand with them. In an apparent warning to Iran, Kerry said he won't allow not allow its partners to be attacked "from outside." Kerry spoke in Egypt as he began a visit to the Middle East, Europe and North Africa.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Some of the world's top climate scientists say wind and solar energy won't be enough to head off extreme global warming. Four scientists who have played a key role in alerting the public to the dangers of climate change are asking environmentalists to support the development of safer nuclear power as one way to cut fossil fuel pollution.