American brothers injured during bull run in Pamplona
MADRID, Spain - A bull that broke from the pack seriously gored two American brothers, catching one on each of its horns during the running of the bulls festival in Pamplona, but both were recovering Friday in the hospital.
Lawrence and Michael Lenahan were gored simultaneously by the bull, which also injured 11 other people Thursday. It was the worst day for injuries in the nine-day festival.
'I started yelling at my brother to show him I was bleeding everywhere, but he showed me he was bleeding everywhere,' said Lawrence Lenahan, a 26-year-old Air Force captain from Hermosa Beach, Calif., in a telephone interview from his hospital bed in Pamplona.
U.S. troops engage in firefight against Iraqi police, killing 6
BAGHDAD - U.S. troops battled Iraqi police suspected of links to Iranian-backed Shiite militiamen, killing six in a rare firefight between American soldiers and their Iraqi partners.
Friday's clash underscored the deep infiltration of militants in the country's security forces.
The battle came a day after the Bush administration acknowledged that the Iraqi government was making 'unsatisfactory' progress in its efforts to purge the police force of Shiite militia - among the elusive benchmarks Washington believes are needed to stabilize the country.
Lebanese army resumes attack on Islamic militants
TRIPOLI, Lebanon - Under constant artillery fire from the Lebanese army, Islamic militants holed up in a Palestinian refugee camp in north Lebanon shot back with rockets on Friday.
Regular artillery and tank fire fell on Nahr el-Bared, sending plumes of black smoke rising in the air over the refugee camp's bullet-punctured buildings.
Apparently trying to ease the military pressure and expand the battles outside the camp, the al-Qaida-styled militants unleashed a volley of Katyusha rockets at the army.
A total of nine rockets crashed into nearby villages, as well as in orange and grape groves, security officials and the state-run National News Agency said.
N.Korea poised to scale back nuclear arms development
SEOUL, South Korea - North Korea seemed ready Friday to take a first step toward scaling back its nuclear weapons program, perhaps this weekend, as U.N. inspectors prepared to monitor the shutdown of its sole operating atomic reactor.
The team from the International Atomic Energy Agency stopped in Beijing en route to the North, with its Saturday arrival in Pyongyang scheduled just hours after a South Korean oil shipment was to enter a North Korean port - a promised reward for the reactor shutdown pledge.
After years of tortuous negotiations and delays during which the North argued its nuclear program was needed for self-defense, the reclusive communist regime said last week that once it got the oil shipment, it would consider halting its reactor for the first time in five years.
British bobbies to have cameras installed in helmets
LONDON - Britain is taking its surveillance to a new level, strapping video cameras to the helmets of its famed bobbies - a move the government says will cut down on paperwork and help prosecute criminals.
By providing dramatic footage of victims, suspects and witnesses, judges and jurors will be able to 'see and hear the incident through the eyes and ears of the officer at the scene,' Minister of State for Security Tony McNulty said.
The Home Office said it was allocating $6 million to fund the devices for Britain's 42 police forces - enough to buy more than 2,000 cameras.
Pakistani troops quell extremists
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Thousands of soldiers rolled across northwestern Pakistan on Friday, a day after President Gen. Pervez Musharraf vowed to follow the storming of Islamabad's Red Mosque by eliminating extremism from 'every corner' of the country.
Anti-Musharraf protesters took to the streets of every major city to blame the U.S.-backed leader for the violence at the mosque, some chanting slogans in favor of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.
But the rallies were smaller than expected, and there was a lull in the violent backlash from militant groups that had staged suicide bombings and attacks on foreign aid groups in reaction to the mosque siege.