Washington, D.C.

Army nomination makes history

President Obama, in a historic first for the Pentagon, will nominate Eric Fanning to lead the Army, a move that would make him the first openly gay civilian secretary of a military service. Fanning must still be confirmed by the Senate.



Lawsuit in hazing death is settled

Florida A&M University settled a wrongful-death lawsuit with the family of Robert Champion over the fatal hazing of the drum major for $1.1 million and an apology. An insurance company will pay $800,000 to the drum major’s estate and the university will pay $300,000. FAMU also will honor the drum major by renaming the marching band’s anti-hazing program for him and installing a plaque in his memory on campus.



Slain toddler’s mother arrested

Authorities identified a toddler known as “Baby Doe,” whose body was found in a trash bag on a Boston beach three months ago. The girl’s name was Bella Bond, officials said. Michael McCarthy, her mother’s boyfriend, will be charged with murder and Rachelle Bond, the mother, will be charged with being an accessory after the fact.


Clashes with protesters spread

Violence between Palestinian protesters and Israeli security forces spread beyond Jerusalem’s old city, with at least eight Palestinians shot in clashes in the West Bank and Israeli policemen injured by firebombs. Israeli leaders called up border police reservists to beef up security amid rising tensions over Jerusalem’s most sensitive holy site.


Burkina Faso

Military releases ousted officials

The interim president, Michel Kafando, and prime minister, Isaac Zida, who were ousted in a coup, were released from detention. Protests continued in the capital, Ouagadougou. The men were seized by the military Wednesday.


29 dead in brazen Taliban attack

A brazen Taliban attack on a military base on the outskirts of Peshawar killed 29 people, including 16 worshipers who were gunned down when the militants stormed a mosque inside the compound during prayers. The attack triggered an hourslong firefight.



Effort to investigate leader thwarted

Authorities prevented a member of the ruling party from traveling to New York, where he had planned to urge U.S. law enforcement to investigate a wealth fund headed by Prime Minister Najib Razak. Khairuddin Abu Hassanwas was charged with trying to overthrow the government.

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