Bombings in Iraq Kill 7, Prosecutors Seek Trial for Italy’s Berlusconi
Several bombs in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk killed seven people, including two policemen, and injured an estimated 80 more. The oil-rich region has been relatively quiet in recent months but is also the seat of ethnic tensions.
A suicide bomber targeted the security headquarters, followed by two more bombs in the vicinity as rescue crews rushed to help. Gunshots could also be heard immediately afterward.
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Prosecutors in Italy Seek Trial for Prime Minister Berlusconi
Prosecutors are seeking to try Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on charges of sex with an underage prostitute. Berlusconi, 74, has denied the charges and said they are politically motivated. The woman, who is now over 18, also denies the accusations, but does admit to being paid at a party attended by the prime minister. Berlusconi claims he called the police and asked them to free her after a separate arrest strictly out of sympathy.
The scandal-plagued Berlusconi has served three terms in office.
Medal of Honor Recipient Leaving Army
Giunta was recognized for helping three wounded soldiers during a Taliban ambush in Afghanistan in 2007. He was awarded the medal by President Obama at a White House ceremony in November.
North Korean Delegation Walks Out of Talks
During talks between high-level military officials in the border village of Panmunjom Wednesday, North Korea’s delegation walked out, ending the first direct negotiations since the shelling of Yeonpyeong Island in South Korea in November put both sides on high alert.
One sticking point was North Korea’s insistence that the talks be broad in nature, while South Korea wanted to address the sinking of its warship Cheonan in March and the attack on the civilian-inhabited island in November.
There are fears that the collapse of talks could also interfere with humanitarian negotiations, including over reuniting families on both sides of the border who were separated by the Korean War.