Briefly World: Army teams going to Africa as terror threat grows

Army teams going to Africa as terror threat grows

Washington: A US Army brigade will begin sending small teams into as many as 35 African nations early next year, part of an intensifying Pentagon effort to train countries to battle extremists and give the US a ready and trained force to dispatch to Africa if crises requiring the US military emerge. The teams will be limited to training and equipping efforts, and will not be permitted to conduct military operations without specific, additional approvals from the secretary of defence.

Israel grants settlement college university status

JERUSALEM: Israel has granted a West Bank college coveted university status, in a move that could trigger international condemnation and enrage the Palestinians. Defence Minister Ehud Barak Monday said following a legal review, he instructed the military to upgrade the college's status, the final approval for the designation.

Van crashes into pond in China, 11 children dead

BEIjing: A van carrying 15 kindergarten students plunged into a roadside pond in a rural area of eastern China on Monday, killing 11 children, state media and an official said.

'Rape-provoking' miniskirts banned in Swaziland

Mbabane: Police in Africa's last absolute monarchy Swaziland have banned women from wearing miniskirts and midriff-revealing tops saying they provoke rape, local media reported Monday.

Iran president's press adviser returns to prison

TEHRAN: Iran's official news agency IRNA said the president's press adviser Ali Akbar Javanfekr returned to Evin Prison after being on a four-day medical leave granted by the judicial authorities.

China cops bust trafficking rings, rescue 89 children

BEIJING: Chinese police have rescued 89 children and arrested 355 suspects during a crackdown on ninechild trafficking rings nationwide, state media reported on Monday.

Drone kills two Qaeda militants in Yemen

SANAA: At least two militants were killed on Monday in what security and local officials said was a US drone strike on a suspected position of al Qaeda-linked insurgents in southern Yemen. The officials said the drone hit a vehicle in a town in southern al-Bayda province.

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