WORLD IN BRIEF: Suspected al-Qaida figure killed in raid

Suspected al-Qaida figure killed in raid

SAN'A, Yemen -- Yemeni security forces killed a suspected militant who was on a government list of wanted al-Qaida figures, and arrested four others in a raid on a house in a remote mountainous province, the region's governor said Wednesday.

Elsewhere in Shabwa province, suspected al-Qaida fighters ambushed a patrol before dawn Wednesday, killing two members of the security forces and wounding four others, officials said.

The gunmen attacked the security forces' patrol on a winding mountain road at Nakaba, south of the provincial capital Ataq, the security officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to talk to the press.

Afghanistan: Four US troops killed in attacks

KABUL -- NATO has announced the deaths of two more U.S. service members in separate attacks in Afghanistan. That raises the total number killed on Wednesday to four.

A statement says one American died in fighting in eastern Afghanistan while another died of wounds suffered in a roadside bombing in the south.

NATO said earlier that a bomb killed two American troops died in a bomb blast but disclosed no other information.

The deaths brought to 14 the number of U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan so far this year.

Stolen Monet found after almost 10 years

WARSAW, Poland -- A Monet painting that was cut from its frame 10 years ago at a museum in western Poland and replaced with a copy painted on cardboard has been recovered, police said Wednesday.

Officers also have arrested a suspect who had the French Impressionist's ''Beach in Pourville'' in his possession and confessed to stealing it, officials said.

Poznan police spokesman Romuald Piecuch said that officers detained the 41-year-old man in the southern city of Olkusz Tuesday.

Fingerprints and other traces left at the site of the theft helped identify the suspect, Piecuch said.

Piecuch said the painting was brought to the National Museum in Poznan, where experts were to verify its authenticity.