NATO said Saturday it is investigating claims that a coalition air strike hit rebel fighters in Libya near the eastern town of Brega. Thirteen people were killed in the attack. Witnesses say someone in the rebel group fired an anti-airplane weapon into the air before the attack late Friday. It is not clear if the weapons were fired by celebrating rebels or by government fighters who secretly joined the group. A spokesman for the Libyan opposition said the strike was an accident. Another representative for the rebels told Reuters news agency that the fighters still support air strikes.
Yemen's opposition is urging President Ali Abdullah Saleh to resign and permit his vice president to rule. It is the first time the opposition has presented a plan to end the anti-Saleh protests that began in late January. Mr Saleh has been president for 32 years. He has offered to give up power after new elections are held, possibly before his current term ends in 2013. But the opposition wants Mr Saleh to leave office now and have his vice president act as temporary president.
Syrian opposition activists say security forces arrested more than 20 people Saturday. Activists say the people were arrested in the southern town of Daraa and in homes north of the capital. The arrest of opposition activists comes one day after government forces used gunfire, tear gas and large sticks to break up protests. Witnesses say at least seven people were killed Friday in the campaign against protesters. The government blamed the violence on armed groups.
State-operated media in the United Arab Emirates says UAE forces have freed a ship seized by hijackers in the Arabian Sea. UAE's news agency says the ship was hijacked by pirates early Friday. It was sailing from Australia to Dubai. The news agency says the anti-terrorism force has arrested the hijackers. The agency did not say what country they are from.
The editor of a newspaper in South Sudan says police have seized 2,500 copies of the newspaper. Juba Post editor Michael Koma made the accusation on Saturday. The paper is printed in the north and then flown south. Mr Koma said police seized the Thursday editions of the paper when they arrived at the airport in Juba. He said officials were concerned about a story on southern Sudan army officer George Athor. Mr Athor's forces have fought with the South Sudan army. He said the story reported that a spokesman for Mr Athor said his forces might attack Juba before the south becomes independent.
At least nine people were killed in southern Afghanistan Saturday in a second day of protests against the burning of the Islamic holy book, the Koran. A conservative Christian church in the United States burned the Koran in an anti-Islamic demonstration recently. Security forces fired shots into the air to break up a group of angry protesters as they marched through the streets of Kandahar City. The protesters set cars and buildings on fire.
In Japan, nuclear safety officials say they have discovered a small opening in the damaged nuclear plant. The thin opening or crack could be why radioactive water is leaking into the Pacific Ocean. A nuclear safety spokesman said there could be more cracks at the Fukushima nuclear center. And he added that they must be found immediately. Tokyo Electric Power Company is attempting to fill the crack.
The battle for control of Ivory Coast's main city continued for a third day Saturday. Witnesses and news reporters say gunfire and shelling have been heard across Abidjan. Forces loyal to the serving President Laurent Gbagbo are fighting fiercely with troops who support the internationally recognized president, Alassane Ouattara. Mr Ouattara's forces captured government-operated television for a short time on Friday. By Saturday, pro-Gbagbo forces had recaptured the broadcast center and were using the television to call on men, women and children to defend the Gbagbo presidency. Militants marched on the city's bridges and sang songs on the boats that brought them to the presidential headquarters. The United Nations says pro-Gbagbo forces fired on its peacekeepers Saturday. Four were seriously injured.
Nigeria has postponed parliamentary elections planned for Saturday. Attahiru Jega, the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, spoke on television Saturday. He blamed the delay on the company that supplies the ballots and other voting documents to Nigeria's voting stations. Mr Jega said that the planes that were supposed to deliver the materials instead carried aid supplies to Japan. He promised that the vote would take place on Monday. Many Nigerians expressed anger at the delay. Some said that some voters had traveled far to reach the voting centers and could not return on Monday.