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YEMEN: Bomb kills 10 police cadets

A suicide bomber detonated his explosives in a crowd of police cadets as they were leaving their academy in San'a on Wednesday, killing 10 of them, security officials said. The Interior Ministry said al-Qaida was behind the bombing. Twenty cadets were wounded, three critically. The attacker, identified as Mohamed Nasher al-Uthy, died of his wounds. Twelve suspects were arrested.


SYRIA: Envoy defects to Turkey

The Syrian ambassador to Iraq has defected and will seek asylum in Turkey, the most senior diplomat to abandon the regime since the uprising against President Bashar Assad began 16 months ago, an opposition figure said Wednesday. The ambassador, Nawaf Fares, is heading to Turkey, said Khaled Khoja of the Syrian National Council. Last week, France announced the defection of Brig. Gen. Manaf Tlass, an Assad confidant and son of a former defense minister who helped ease Assad into power.


LIBYA: Liberal coalition leads election

Liberal parties held a lead Wednesday in partial results from the first parliamentary elections, on the same day that the head of the interim government stated his country would not be ruled by Islamists. The overthrow of Moammar Gadhafi, who opposed democracy, left Libya without a cohesive regime. Libyans went to the polls Saturday to elect a National Assembly. The Alliance of National Forces, a coalition of liberals led by former Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril, had the early lead.


THAILAND: King pardons book translator

A U.S. citizen sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for translating a banned book about King Bhumibol Adulyadej and posting it on a website was freed after being granted a royal pardon, the U.S. embassy said Wednesday. Joe Wichai Commart Gordon, who was born in Thailand, pleaded guilty Oct. 10 to using a pen name to translate "The King Never Smiles," a 2006 biography by Paul M. Handley published by Yale University Press. Thailand's lèse-majesté law mandates jail sentences as long as 15 years for defaming, insulting or threatening the king, queen, heir apparent or regent.

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