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BAGHDAD (AP) — An ethnically mixed town in Iraq's north is now in the hands of Sunni militants. The capture of Tal Afar today has raised fears of major atrocities against Shiites by the al-Qaida splinter group that already claims killing hundreds. Reports of Shiite massacres prompted a call from U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to bring the perpetrators to justice. Meanwhile, the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad is beefing up security and moving some staff to safer places.
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli troops continue their dragnet for militant Hamas activists, collaring dozens, including senior figures, in an effort to find three Israeli teens believed to have been kidnapped as they hitchhiked in the West Bank. Israel says the three, including one who also holds U.S. citizenship, were kidnapped by Hamas, which has not claimed responsibility.
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Somalia's al-Qaida-linked terror group is being blamed for shooting up a town in Kenya not too far from the border, killing 48 people as residents watched the World Cup. Dozens of Somali extremists wielding automatic weapons arrived in minivans late last night. Authorities blame al-Shabab, which has vowed vengeance for the presence of Kenyan troops in Somalia.
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) — The war crimes tribunal considering the complicated case against Guantanamo prisoners charged in the Sept. 11 attack is scheduled to resume today at the U.S. base, but that may set the stage for a new detour. Defense lawyers say the FBI has questioned more people who work as support staff on their legal teams than previously disclosed and they want the judge to conduct a full hearing with an eye toward potential conflicts of interest.
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters could be hindered by hotter and drier weather forecast to move into an area of central California where more than 500 homes are threatened by a wildfire. The blaze has come within a mile of a community about 30 miles northeast of Bakersfield. The Shirley Fire is 10 percent contained.
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