SUDAN: Massacre by South reported
Southern Sudan soldiers attacking a rival ethnic group fired indiscriminately on unarmed men, women and children at a remote Nile River village, killing or wounding hundreds of civilians, according to witness accounts in a confidential UN report. A UN team that traveled to the village 11 days after the April 23 killings saw more than two dozen corpses and said grass-roofed mud huts clearly contained many more bodies, but a local official's toll of 254 dead civilians has not been independently verified. The three UN reports obtained by The Associated Press are the first accounts of mass civilian casualties in the southern village of Kaldak caused by soldiers from Southern Sudan. The Texas-sized south voted in January to secede from Sudan and becomes independent in July.
YEMEN: Tribesmen join rebellion
Thousands of tribesmen threatened Thursday to descend on the capital to join the battle against forces loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh as the country slid deeper into an all-out fight for power. Government forces in San'a unleashed some of the heaviest shelling yet against their tribal rivals in a dramatic escalation of the conflict. For months, youth-led protesters have tried to drive out Saleh peacefully. But their campaign has been overtaken and transformed into an armed showdown between Yemen's two most powerful families, the president's and the al-Ahmar clan. The al-Ahmar family heads the country's strongest tribal confederation, which has vowed to topple Saleh after 33 years in power.
IRAQ: Bombs kill 9 in Ramadi
A series of bombings ripped through Ramadi, the capital of western Anbar province, Thursday night, killing nine people, Iraqi officials said. The blasts in what was the heartland of the al-Qaida-led insurgency are a reminder of the danger still facing Iraq, as it prepares for the departure of U.S. troops by the end of this year. A police officer and a hospital official said at least 25 people were injured.