Pakistan

U.S. drone strike kills Taliban militants

Intelligence officials said missiles fired from a U.S. drone struck a compound in the North Waziristan tribal region near the Afghan border, killing five militants. The officials said three of the militants were Uzbeks and the other two were Pakistanis. They say the compound had been used by the Pakistani Taliban. U.S. drone strikes have killed several leading militants in rugged areas of Pakistan over the years but are deeply unpopular in Pakistan because they have also killed civilians. Pakistan has been waging a military offensive in North Waziristan for nearly a year.

Russia

Rocket crashes just minutes after launch

A Russian-made rocket ferrying a Mexican telecommunications satellite crashed in eastern Siberia minutes after its launch. The Proton-M rocket was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and crashed in the Chita region of Siberia about eight minutes later. The failure appeared to have occurred with the rocket's third stage, which was intended to bring the satellite to an altitude of about 110 miles.

Burundi

Protests resume after failed coup attempt

New protests briefly flared up in the capital after a coup attempt but were quickly put down. Dozens of demonstrators went into streets in Bujumbura to protest President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term in the June 26 election. But when military officers threatened to use live ammunition, protesters dispersed. Only a few shops and banks were open as normal life slowly resumed after the president returned Friday from Tanzania.

Nepal

Eight bodies found at helicopter crash site

Eight bodies were found at the site of the crash of a U.S. Marine helicopter that disappeared in Nepal while assisting in earthquake relief efforts. Six Marines and two Nepali soldiers were aboard when it lost radio contact Tuesday.

Wyoming

Bison gores teen in Yellowstone Park

A 16-year-old girl was gored by a bison in Yellowstone National Park while posing for a picture. The Taiwanese exchange student's injuries were not life-threatening.

Washington

Activists protest Arctic drilling plan

Hundreds of activists took to the waters of Elliott Bay in kayaks, canoes, paddleboards and other vessels to send the message that Royal Dutch Shell should cancel its plan to drill in the Arctic Ocean. The "Paddle in Seattle" — a daylong festival in a West Seattle park and an on-the-water protest by "Shell No" protesters — was held blocks from where Shell's Polar Pioneer drilling rig is docked at the Port of Seattle. The rig arrived Thursday despite a request by the port commission that it stay away while the port challenges a city ruling aimed at keeping it out.

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