Islamist militants claim attack that killed U.S. service member: Somalia’s al-Shabab Islamist group has claimed responsibility for an attack in which a U.S. commando was killed and four others were wounded when they came under fire in the country. The U.S. Special Operations forces were fighting alongside about 800 troops from Somalia and Kenya when they were attacked late on Friday by mortars and small-arms fire. A U.S. Africa Command statement said the four wounded troops were in the care of the U.S. Embassy medical team in neighboring Kenya. They were awaiting transport “for additional medical evaluation.” The identities of the service members were not released. Saudi civilians are reported killed by Houthi missile attack: Three civilians were killed in the south of Saudi Arabia after a missile was launched from Yemen by the Houthi rebel movement, said Saudi state TV reported. The Houthis, an Iranallied group that controls much of Yemen, including the capital, Sanaa, have fired a number of missiles in recent months, part of a three-year-old conflict widely seen as a proxy battle between Saudi Arabia and Iran.
China, India agreement is sign of improving ties: China and India have settled a dispute over the flood-prone Brahmaputra River that flows from Tibet to Bangladesh in a sign of growing cooperation between the two nations. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping signed the agreement as they began the twoday Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit. Under two deals, China will share hydrological data on the river and amend certain requirements on Indian exports of rice other than the basmati variety to China.
Iraq extradites suspect in girl’s rape and murder to Germany: Iraq has extradited a 20-year-old man suspected of raping and killing a 14-year-old girl in Germany last month, German officials said. Police in the Iraqi region of Kurdistan said the Iraqi suspect, identified as Ali Bashar, had admitted to the murder of 14year-old Susanna Feldman in Germany, where the case has stoked the immigration debate. The teenager was found dead Wednesday in a wooded area in Wiesbaden, near a refugee center where the alleged attacker had lived. Kurdish security forces arrested the suspect on Friday.
Thousands of Irish women take record-setting skinny dip: Thousands of Irish women shed their inhibitions and their clothes on a secluded beach about 30 miles south of Dublin on Saturday for a world-recordsetting “skinny dip” to raise funds for a children’s cancer charity. The Guinness World Records official who adjudicated the swim said that 2,505 women spent at least five minutes in the sea to set a new world record.