KHARTOUM, Sudan – A Sudanese helicopter carrying a government delegation crashed in a mountainous southern region on Sunday, killing all 32 people on board including a Cabinet minister, a former presidential adviser, two generals and a TV crew.
The delegation was travelling aboard a chartered helicopter to the volatile South Kordofan state to attend prayers on the first day of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.
The helicopter went down due to harsh weather conditions near Talodi, a small town 406 miles southwest of the capital, Khartoum, state-run news agency SUNA said.
GI slain by man in Afghan police garb
A man in an Afghan police uniform shot and killed a U.S. service member on Sunday, a U.S. Defense Department official said, raising the death toll to 10 in such attacks in the space of just two weeks.
The U.S. defense official in Washington discussed the matter on condition of anonymity because the official notification process had not been completed.
On the other side, a coalition airstrike killed dozens of Taliban militants, including one of their leaders, officials said.
Drone strikes leave 10 dead in Pakistan
American drones fired a flurry of missiles in a Pakistani tribal area bordering Afghanistan on Sunday, killing a total of 10 suspected militants, Pakistani officials said.
In the first strike, missiles fired from unmanned American spy planes hit two vehicles near the Afghan border, killing at least seven militants, Pakistani intelligence officials said. The strike came in the Mana area of North Waziristan, the officials added. The officials say the area is dominated by Hafiz Gul Bahadur, a commander whose forces often strike U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
A U.S. drone strike Saturday also in North Waziristan killed five Gul Bahadur allies.
About 10 hours later Sunday, two missiles destroyed a home also in the Mana area, killing three militants, the officials said.
Embattled Syrian city assesses losses
A brief lull in fighting for a Muslim holiday Sunday allowed residents of Aleppo to take stock of their losses after three weeks of intense battles left many in Syrias largest city strapped for cash, separated from loved ones and scared of more violence ahead.
In the capital Damascus, President Bashar Assad prayed at a mosque in his first appearance in public since a bomb attack killed four of his top security advisers on July 18.
Meanwhile, Jordans information minister said four Syrian rockets fell Sunday on a northern Jordanian border town, slightly wounding a 4-year-old girl.
Another government official said the rockets were apparently fired at Syrian villages near the restive southern border city of Daraa but missed their target.
2 dead after bombs rock Libyan capital
Two car bombs exploded in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, killing two people and injuring several others early Sunday, a security official said. Two other bombs were dismantled safely.
Police said they arrested three suspects in connection with the bombings, which came on the eve of the anniversary of the fall of Tripoli. On August 20, 2011, rebel fighters liberated the city during the eight-month civil war that toppled dictator Moammar Gadhafis regime.
S. African miners handed ultimatum
South African miners must return to work Monday or face being fired from the platinum mine where rivalry between unions exploded into violence that led to the deaths of 44 people in a week, Lonmin PLC said Sunday.
Thirty-four strikers were gunned down by police in one of the worst displays of state violence since apartheid ended in 1994.
About 3,000 rock-drill operators have led an illegal strike among the mines 25,000-strong labor force plus 10,000 contractors.
Intimidation and threats of violence kept many more away.
Lonmin had initially ordered miners to return to work by Friday, then, after the shootings, changed the deadline to today, spokeswoman Sue Vey said.
Somali parliament to select president
Members of Somalias new parliament will hold a vote to name a new president of the fledgling government today, which marks the end of eight years of rule by a U.N.-backed leadership structure known as the Transitional Federal Government.
A committee tasked with the selection of the new parliament members released a list of the new 215-member parliament Sunday. The parliament will eventually have 275 members, but it currently has enough members to hold a vote for president by secret ballot.
Security has been tightened across the capital ahead of the vote with police and military troops patrolling the streets.
Weakened hurricane aiming for Azores
Hurricane Gordon sped across the Atlantic on Sunday toward the eastern Azores islands, where a hurricane warning is in effect, U.S. forecasters in Miami said.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Gordon was centered about 160 miles west-southwest of Sao Miguel Island in the Azores as of 5 p.m. Gordon had weakened to a Category 1 hurricane with top sustained winds of 85 mph and higher gusts.
The hurricane was moving toward the east-northeast at 21 mph.