SANAA, Yemen — Once one of America's most-valued allies in the war on terror but now considered a liability by the Obama administration, Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh was wounded Friday in the first violence to strike the presidential compound here since demonstrators began demanding Saleh's resignation four months ago.
At least four and perhaps as many as seven presidential guards were killed in the attack, and several members of Saleh's government also were wounded, including the prime minister and the speaker of parliament.
Word that Saleh had been wounded was greeted with jubilation in the sprawling protest camp that has grown up outside Sanaa University. Some demonstrators broke out in spontaneous prayer while others remained transfixed to television coverage.
Bolivia builds highway in controversial area
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LA PAZ, Bolivia — Bolivian President Evo Morales on Friday inaugurated construction on a highway planned to pass through a nature reserve over the objections of Indian groups that fear it will damage their lands.
No protesters appeared at the ceremony, and the leftist leader was surrounded by hundreds of coca growers who support building the 192-mile road from the town of Villa Tunari in the west to San Ignacio de Moxos in the east.
The planned route passes through a national park and territory that is home to three indigenous groups, the Yuracare, Chiman and Trinitaria. Their 15,000 members live by hunting, fishing, collecting fruits and farming.
Syrian troops shoot dozens of protesters
BEIRUT _ Syrian troops opened fire Friday during an anti-government demonstration that appeared to be one of the biggest yet, reportedly killing dozens of protesters and wounding many more in the central town of Hama as Syrians around the country poured onto the streets in a renewed effort to force the ouster of President Bashar al-Assad.
According to eyewitness reports and human rights groups, tens of thousands of people had gathered in a central square in Hama, 116 miles north of Damascus, when security forces began shooting randomly into the crowd. The Associated Press reported at least 34 deaths, but eyewitnesses and Arabic news channels said the toll could be far higher.