Official from regime of Saddam captured
Iraq’s prime minister on Saturday announced the arrest of an aide to Saddam Hussein.
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said security forces on Thursday arrested Abdel Baqi alSadun, who has been at large since the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime following the U.S.-led invasion in 2003. During the Hussein era, he was in charge of Baath party formations in southern Iraq, and he was wanted for his role in repressing the Shiite uprising in 1991.
Al-Sadun was part of the U.S. military deck of cards containing images of the 55 Saddam regime figures the U.S. military was particularly interested in capturing.
— Associated Press Gunmen attack Mali military camp: Gunmen attacked a military camp in western Mali on Saturday, killing three soldiers. The assailants were unknown, and the defense ministry statement referred only to “armed individuals” and “enemy forces.” But a source in Mali’s intelligence service, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak, said the gunmen were Islamist militants from the Peul ethnic group and were linked to Ansar Dine, one of the groups that took control of northern Mali following a military coup in 2012. Argentine judge orders seizure of Falkland companies’ assets: An Argentine judge has ordered the seizure of $156 million in assets of oil drilling companies operating in the disputed Falkland Islands, Argentina’s state news agency Telam reported. The companies named in the demand were Premier Oil, Falkland Oil and Gas, Rockhopper Exploration, Noble Energy and Edison International SpA. It was not clear what Argentina would do to enforce the ruling, and a source with knowledge of the situation said Saturday that the companies in question do not generally hold any assets in Argentina or use Argentine waters. Argentina’s claims to the islands off its coast led to a war with Britain in 1982. Fire injures scores in Taiwan: A fire on a music stage spread into a crowd of spectators at a party Saturday night at a Taiwan water park, injuring more than 200 people, authorities said. An explosion of an unknown powder set off the fire near the stage in front of about 1,000 spectators, said Wang Wei-sheng, a liaison with the New Taipei City fire department command center. Wang said 83 people had serious injuries and 131 others had slight injuries.
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