Suspected US drone attack kills four

MIR ALI, Pakistan - Intelligence officials say a suspected U.S. missile strike has killed four people in northwestern Pakistan.

Two intelligence officials confirmed the strike, which was near the town of Mir Ali in North Waziristan tribal region close to the Afghan border. They gave no more details and spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to reporters.

Thousands stranded by Yemen fighting

SAN'A, Yemen - Tens of thousands of Yemenis displaced by warfare between the government and Shiite rebels are stranded around the war zone with aid agencies unable to reach them because of the intensified fighting, U.N. officials and rights activists said.

The humanitarian crisis has been worsened by tribes in the region robbing relief convoys as well as heavy rains that have washed away tents in some camps, they said.

Brazil fireworks blast flattens homes, kills 3

SAO PAULO - A fireworks explosion demolished several houses and killed at least three people on the outskirts of Sao Paulo on Thursday, officials said.

About five houses were turned into rubble, and at least 14 people were injured by the blast in a residential neighborhood in the city of Santo Andre, according to the local fire department.

Television images showed the explosion blew the roofs of some buildings and demolished and overturned cars.

Al-Qaida-linked inmates break out of prison

BAGHDAD - U.S. aircraft and Iraqi patrols combined in a massive manhunt Thursday after the escape of 16 prisoners - including five al-Qaida-linked inmates awaiting execution - who apparently crawled through a bathroom window in a makeshift jail on a former compound of Saddam Hussein.

The jailbreak in Saddam's hometown Tikrit highlighted the struggles for Iraqi authorities to maintain control over an overcrowded prison system and absorb thousands of detainees turned over by U.S. forces as part of a broad security pact.

Few details on the fugitives were provided by Iraqi security chiefs. But five were Iraqis who were sentenced to death for terrorism-related crimes and links to al-Qaida in Iraq, said a Tikrit police officer.