World news briefs — April 17

YEMEN

U.S. drone strikes kill 5

Two U.S. drone strikes Wednesday killed at least five suspected al-Qaida militants and destroyed the house of one of them in a mountainous area south of the capital, Sanaa, a Yemeni security official and witnesses said. The four were killed in the first strike while riding a vehicle in the desert area of Oussab al-Ali. The second strike killed a fifth suspect in his house.

GREECE

Berry pickers wounded

At least 20 migrant strawberry pickers were shot and wounded in southern Greece on Wednesday, in a pay dispute after a foreman opened fire on them with a shotgun, police said. The incident occurred near the village of Manolada. Most of the wounded workers were from Bangladesh.

FRANCE

Implant makers on trial

The founder of a French company accused of selling hundreds of thousands of defective breast implants to more than 65 countries appeared on Wednesday in a courthouse in Marseille, with more than 300 victims in attendance. The founder, Jean-Claude Mas, and four of his former employees are accused of aggravated fraud after their company, Poly Implants Protheses, used an inferior, industrial-grade silicone to fill implants for a decade. The trial is expected to last a month. If convicted, Mas and his colleagues could face five years in prison.

ANTARCTICA

Chinese ship catches fire

A Chinese factory fishing ship caught fire Wednesday just off the coast of Antarctica and 97 crew members were rescued by a nearby Norwegian vessel as Chile’s military mobilized to prevent any environmental damage. The crew members abandoned the burning Kai Xin and were taken aboard the Juvel about 34 miles from Chile’s Bernardo O’Higgins research base near the northern tip of the Antarctic peninsula, Chilean officials said. The ship was not immediately at risk of sinking, and nearby vessels could tow it away from the Antarctic coast if necessary, officials said.

Compiled from wire reports.


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