Suspected US missile strike kills 3, injures 3

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan - A suspected U.S. missile strike hit a Taliban communication center in the country's northwest late Friday, killing at least three people and wounding three more, intelligence officials said.

The attack was the fifth in two weeks attributed to American unmanned drone aircraft targeting Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud and his network of militants.

Three intelligence officials said the drone fired a pair of missiles at the communication center in the Painda Khel region of South Waziristan.

Somali Islamist insurgents behead 7

NAIROBI, Kenya - Somali Islamist fighters on Friday beheaded seven prisoners accused of abandoning the Muslim faith and spying for the government in the largest mass execution since the Islamists were pushed from power two and a half years ago.

The public killings in the southwestern town of Baidoa followed weeks of fierce fighting as the Islamists try to seize Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, amid mounting concerns about the influx of hundreds of foreign fighters to the failed state.

The beheadings may be linked to the Islamists' failure to take Mogadishu after a 2-month-old offensive, said a senior analyst at global intelligence company Stratfor.

Obama and pope meet for first time

VATICAN CITY - President Barack Obama sat down with Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican on Friday for frank but constructive talks between two men who agree on helping the poor but disagree on abortion and stem cell research.

'It's a great honor,' Obama said, greeting the pope and thanking him for this first meeting, which lasted 30 minutes. They sat down at the pontiff's desk in the Papal Library and exchanged pleasantries before the media were ushered out of the ornate room.

The pope was heard asking about the Group of Eight summit, the meeting of developed nations that concluded before Obama arrived at Vatican City. Obama said the meeting 'was very productive.'

Afterward, the Vatican said they discussed immigration, the Middle East peace process and aid to developing nations.