2 U.S. officials shot at Venezuelan strip club


The U.S. State Department confirmed that two officials at its embassy in Venezuela were hospitalized after they were wounded in a shooting incident at a Caracas strip club.

"Two members of the U.S. Embassy in Caracas were injured during an incident early this morning," department spokesman William Ostick said.

"Medical staff inform us that their injuries do not appear to be life-threatening. Embassy security and health unit personnel are at the hospital and have been in touch with the two individuals and their families," he said.

"Apparently it was a fight originating in a nightspot where these people were attacked and shots were fired at them and they suffered gunshot wounds," police spokesman Douglas Rico told TV channel Globovision at the health clinic where the victims were taken.




Pentagon: U.S. drone crashed in Somalia


The Pentagon confirmed that an unmanned U.S. drone crashed near the Somali coast but it said it had not been shot down by Al Shabab, a radical Islamist group linked to the Al Qaeda terrorist network.

A Defense Department spokesman told the daily Politico on Tuesday that "During the course of a routine surveillance mission along the coast of Somalia on (Monday) May 27, a military remotely piloted aircraft crashed in a remote area near the shoreline of Mogadishu," the Somali capital.

Al Shabab wrote on its Twitter account, including alleged photos of the crashed drone, that "This one will no longer be able to spy on Muslims again. So much for the empty rhetoric on the drone program!"

The reason the drone - the model of which the Pentagon refused to reveal - went down is under investigation. Al Shabab claims they shot it down but U.S. officials said that is rather unlikely because the surveillance drones fly so high.




Resignation of Arizona's Arpaio demanded for discriminating vs. Hispanics


Activists and members of the Arizona Hispanic community came to the offices of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio to call for his resignation after a federal judge determined he discriminated against Hispanics.

"The court said that he is guilty of racism, that he had been harassing the Hispanic community illegally, and he, who is a policeman, should recognize that illegal conduct must be punished," Lilia Alvarez, the director of the Respect/Respeto Arizona organization, told Efe.

The judge's ruling came at the best time, Alvarez said, given that those opposing Arpaio's practices are in the final phase of collecting signatures for a recall election.

Respect Arizona on May 30 must turn in a total of 335,000 signatures of registered voters in Maricopa County to force a special election.




Guatemala high court confirms overturning of Rios Montt verdict


The Guatemalan Constitutional Court upheld its May 20 decision overturning former dictator Efrain Rios Montt's conviction for genocide and crimes against humanity.

The CC rejected four motions submitted by the Attorney General's Office and plaintiffs' lawyers, a judicial spokesman told reporters.

Rios Montt, 86, was sentenced May 10 to 80 years in prison for the deaths of 1,771 Ixil Indians between March 1982 and August 1983 as part of a counter-insurgency campaign.

In its ruling overturning the verdict, the CC ordered a repeat of the segment of Rios Montt's trial that took place between April 19 and May 10.




23 Missing when ferry sinks in Borneo river


Malaysian authorities raised to 23 the tally of people missing after an overloaded passenger ferry sank as it was sailing along a river in the Malaysian portion of the island of Borneo.

Another 181 people were rescued several hours after the accident, which occurred at a spot with rapids on the Rajang River as it passes by the town of Belaga in Sarawak province, local police chief Bakar Sebau told the Bernama news agency.

The ferry, the capacity of which was 67 passengers, was traveling downriver with about 200 people on board, several of whom were sitting on the roof, when it hit some rocks and sank.




U.S. F-15 goes down in the sea off Japan


A U.S. Air Force F-15 fighter went down in the sea off Okinawa in southern Japan, but the pilot ejected and was rescued, the Kyodo news agency reported.

The warplane took off from the Kadena Air Base on Okinawa and went down about 100 kilometers (62 miles) off the island's coast around 8:45 a.m., the Japanese government said.

The U.S. Air Force confirmed that the plane went down and said the cause of the accident was not known.




7 Afghan police die in attack on station


Seven Afghan police officers died and eight others were wounded when two men they had put up in their police station attacked them in the southern province of Kandahar, an official told Efe.

The attack occurred Monday night in the Arghestan district, provincial government spokesman Javed Faisal said.

The attackers, who were being housed in the Afghan security forces' post, acquired weapons there and opened fire on the officers, Faisal said.

Authorities have not yet determined if the attack was launched by Taliban insurgents who infiltrated the station, but so far the rebel group has not claimed responsibility for the attack.




Parker shines as Spurs advance to NBA finals


Tony Parker scored 37 points as the San Antonio Spurs beat the Memphis Grizzlies 93-86 to complete a four-game sweep and grab a spot in the NBA finals for the first time since the Texas team took the league title in 2007.

The most recent of the Spurs' four NBA championships came at the expense of the Cleveland Cavaliers, then led by LeBron James.

Now with Miami, James, whose Heat lead the Indiana Pacers 2-1 in the Eastern Conference finals, may get a chance for revenge against the Spurs in this year's battle for the NBA crown.

The oldest player in the playoffs, 37-year-old Tim Duncan, put up 15 points for the Spurs.




Bomb kills 6, wounds 40 in Syria


At least six people were killed and 40 others wounded in a car-bomb attack in Homs, a city in western Syria, the official Sana news agency reported.

The bombing occurred Monday night near a gas station in Homs's Al Waar district and caused extensive damage to vehicles and nearby buildings.

The "terrorist attack" was designed to thwart efforts by authorities and residents to restore order in the district, Sana reported, citing officials.

Opposition groups and human rights activists confirmed the bombing but provided different casualty figures.