Yemen

Rebels shell presidential palace

The presidential residence and palace in Yemen were shelled by Houthi rebel militiamen in an escalation of the fighting that has gripped the capital for the past few days and raised fears of a coup. President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi was believed to be inside the residence, a short distance from the presidential palace in Sanaa, the capital. Government officials have accused the Houthi militiamen of trying to carry out a coup.

France

Four facing terrorism charges in court

Four men appeared in a Paris court to face charges in the Paris terror attacks that left 20 people dead, including three gunmen. French authorities also arrested five ethnic Chechens from Russia in raids in southern France. Authorities said the men had no established links to terrorism. France is on high security alert after the country's worst terrorist attacks in decades. The Paris prosecutor's office said the four men in court were suspected of providing logistical support to Amedy Coulibaly, one of the terrorists killed by police, and requested they be detained longer.

Nepal

Fracas erupts as constitution is drafted

During a meeting of lawmakers working to draft a constitution two days before a deadline, Maoist opposition leaders in Kathmandu threw chairs and microphones at members of the governing parties and wounded about a dozen security guards. Hours later, the Maoists enforced a nationwide strike that shut down traffic, schools and markets. The opposition alliance wants the new constitution to carve provinces in Nepal along ethnic lines, a provision the governing coalition opposes.

Washington, D.C.

Supreme Court allows prisoner's beard

The Supreme Court ruled unanimously that Arkansas must accommodate a Muslim prisoner's request to grow a beard, as he said his religion requires. Justice Samuel Alito, writing for the court, said Arkansas prison officials had violated a federal law passed to protect religious practices from policies set by state and local officials. The challenge was brought by Gregory Houston Holt, who is serving a life sentence. The court also rejected a challenge from retailers who claim the Federal Reserve allows banks to charge businesses too much for debit card transactions.

Massachusetts

Gunman shoots doctor in Boston hospital

A man walked into a Boston hospital, asked for a particular doctor and then shot him twice before taking his own life. The Boston police commissioner, William Evans, described the injuries to the doctor at Brigham and Women's Hospital as life-threatening. "His colleagues rushed him as quickly as possible over to the emergency room," Evans said. The hospital, which did not name the doctor, said that he was in surgery late Tuesday.

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