WORLD IN BRIEF: Bomb hits US Embassy vehicle in Yemen

Bomb hits US Embassy vehicle in Yemen

SANAA, Yemen — A group of American embassy staffers came under attack when a bomb was thrown near their vehicle outside a restaurant in Yemen’s capital, U.S. and Yemeni officials said Thursday.

No one was hurt in the attack Wednesday evening in Hadda, a commercial district in the capital, said U.S. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley.

‘‘Those in the vehicle were not injured. We have an ongoing investigation. The attack occurred in Hadda,’’ he said, adding that ‘‘the bomb went off outside the vehicle.’’

Two Yemeni security officials said that several suspects were arrested, including a Jordanian in his 20s.

WikiLeaks founder out on bail

LONDON — A British judge released Julian Assange on bail Thursday, freeing the WikiLeaks founder to work on his secret-spilling website from a mansion in eastern England.

Assange, who is fighting extradition to Sweden for questioning on sex crimes allegations, emerged from London’s neo-Gothic High Court to address supports before driving off to the 10-bedroom home where he is due to spend much of the next month.

‘‘It’s great to smell the fresh air of London again,’’ Assange told cheering supporters amid a barrage of flash bulbs.

Ancient trove of Egypt statues found in Luxor

CAIRO —— Archaeologists found what may be a trove of 3,400 year old statues on the west bank of the ancient temple city Luxor, said the head of Egypt’s antiquities department on Thursday.

Teams unearthed two rose granite statue fragments from an area west of the burial temple of Pharaoh Amenhotep III earlier this week, said Zahi Hawass.

One fragment, the first of its kind, he said, depicts the baboon head of the god Hapi with a human body. The other is a fragment of a statue of the body of Amenhotep III, whose funerary complex is one of the largest archaeological findings in Egypt.

The area to the west of the temple was previously thought to have been used for only housing and agriculture. Archaeologists first found artifacts there while building a water drainage system around the temple and the area is now being excavated.