WORLD IN BRIEF: Egyptian president wants Cabinet resignation

Egyptian president wants Cabinet resignation

CAIRO — Embattled President Hosni Mubarak said he has asked his Cabinet to resign in his first appearance on television since protests erupted demanding his ouster.

He said he will press ahead with social, economic and political reforms. He calls anti-government protests part of plot to destabilize Egypt and destroy the legitimacy of his regime.

He is defending security forces’ crackdown on protesters.

Mandela home from hospital

JOHANNESBURG — Former South African President Nelson Mandela was whisked home Friday from a hospital where the 92-year-old had been treated for a respiratory infection, with only a glimpse of his head covered by a surgical cap visible as he was wheeled into an ambulance.

That brief view could symbolize Mandela’s increasing disengagement from public life. South Africans expressed joy Friday that he is recovering, but there was also wistful realization that an icon is fading. Officials said Mandela now would be cared for in hospital-like conditions at home.

‘‘Everyone was holding their hearts and saying not now,’’ said Patricia Ramaila, who has lived across the street from Mandela for four years. ‘‘A person like Mr. Mandela — we still need him.’’

Taliban suicide bomber kills 8 in Afghan capital

KABUL, Afghanistan — A Taliban suicide bomber blew himself up Friday inside a supermarket popular with Westerners, killing eight people — some of them foreigners — in an attack that showed insurgents can still strike forcibly in the capital despite tightened security.

The Taliban said their target was an official with the U.S. security contractor formerly known as Blackwater whom they followed into the store. Although the insurgent group regularly attacks those allied with NATO forces or the Afghan government, it was not clear why they specifically targeted the company, now known as Xe Services.

It was the third deadly attack in Kabul in less than two months and the worst on a civilian target in the city since February 2010, when suicide attackers charged two residential hotels, killing 20 people.

— From wire reports