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SANAA (Reuters) - An al Qaeda-linked group has claimed responsibility for Thursday's attack on the Yemeni defense ministry in which at least 52 people were killed, the country's worst militant assault in 18 months. "In pursuance of the policy of targeting pilotless planes operation rooms, the mujahideen (holy fighters) have heavily struck one of these rooms in the Ministry of Defence headquarters," Ansar al-Sharia (Partisans of Islamic Law) said in a Twitter message posted in the early hours o Friday. The group is an offshoot of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). ...
Adelaide (Australia) (AFP) - Michael Clarke and Brad Haddin plundered centuries before a super quick Mitchell Johnson blasted out England captain Alastair Cook to leave the tourists reeling in the second Ashes Test on Friday. Skipper Clarke claimed his third century in five Ashes Tests and his 26th overall, while vice-captain Haddin blasted four sixes in his fourth Test ton to help the home side declare at 570 for nine. By the close, the tourists were hanging on against a hostile Australian attack at 35 for one with Michael Carberry on 20 and Joe Root, who took one on the chest from Johnson, not out nine. It was very much Australia's day as Clarke and Haddin put on 200 runs -- the highest sixth-wicket stand in all Tests in Adelaide, eclipsing the 191 shared by Imran Khan and Wasim Akram for Pakistan in 1990.
Nelson Mandela's Rainbow Nation awoke Friday to a future without its 95-year-old founding father, his compatriots joining an upwelling of global mourning and celebration of his astonishing life. The icon of South Africa's anti-apartheid struggle and a colossus of 20th century politics died late Thursday at his home in Johannesburg, surrounded by friends and family. Outside his home mourners, some in pyjamas, held an all-night vigil, dancing, ululating, chanting and singing the songs of a struggle that Mandela devoted his life to winning. In Cape Town, Archbishop Desmond Tutu led an emotional early morning prayer, expressing a steely determination that Mandela's vision of a South Africa for all creeds and colours shall not perish with him.