December 21, 2014
News in brief
SANAA — Hundreds of thousands of Yemenis rallied across the country yesterday to support a military shake-up this week that limited the powers held by loyalists of the country’s ousted leader, including his son.
BAGHDAD —Iraqi authorities said yesterday they had arrested 10 bodyguards of the country’s Sunni finance minister in a terrorism-related sweep, the first official confirmation in a case that is inflaming the nation’s simmering political and sectarian tensions. Protests broke out in response to the detentions in at least two cities in Sunni-dominated western Anbar province.
UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations said South Sudan’s armed forces shot down a UN helicopter yesterday killing all four Russian crew members on board, an attack South Sudan’s military spokesman blamed on rebel fighters. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stood by the UN’s account in a statement, strongly condemning the shooting down “of a clearly marked UN helicopter by the Sudan People’s Liberation Army” and calling on South Sudan’s government to conduct an immediate investigation and prosecute those responsible. “In subsequent communications between the mission and the South Sudanese Armed Forces, the SPLA said it had shot down the helicopter in the Likuangole area in Jonglei state,” UN deputy spokesman Eduardo del Buey said.
PYONGYANG — North Korea said yesterday that a US citizen has been detained after confessing to unspecified crimes, confirming news reports about his arrest at a time when Pyongyang is facing criticism from the US for launching a long-range rocket last week. He was identified as Pae Jun-ho in a brief dispatch issued by the state-run Korean Central News Agency in Pyongyang. Pae is known in his home state of Washington as Kenneth Bae, a 44-year-old tour operator of Korean descent.
NEW DELHI — The gang-rape of a young woman in New Delhi has sparked public outrage across India, bringing thousands of people onto city streets in protest against authorities’ failure to ensure women’s safety.