KINSHASA, Congo

About 34 people massacred, 27 hurt in livestock disputes

Armed fighters attacked a town in eastern Congo late at night, massacring at least 34 people including women and children who were at a local church, officials said Saturday.

Provincial interior minister Jean Julien Miruho said that the violence in Mutarule late Friday also left at least 27 others wounded.

Miruho said the identity of the assailants was unknown, though he believed the violence stemmed from livestock disputes in the area.

Survivors blamed a rebel group from Burundi known as the FNL for the attack. The claim could not be immediately verified.

INDIANAPOLIS

Official compares handling of economy to rise of Nazis

An Indiana politician who lost his Republican Senate campaign two years ago amid criticism for his comment about rape is now comparing the handling of the national economy to the events leading up to Germany’s 1936 elections under the Nazi regime.

In a farewell speech to Indiana Republicans during the party convention Saturday, term-limited state Treasurer Richard Mourdock cautioned GOP members to be wary of politicians who promise entitlements and spending as debt grows.

He said the Nazis made the same promises to Germans before that country’s 1936 elections.

“And this is where I put on my state treasurer’s hat again for just a moment to give the most important lesson: The people of Germany in a free election selected the Nazi Party because they made great promises, that appealed to them because they were desperate and destitute,” Mourdock said.

WASHINGTON

Plane in restricted airspace forces buildings’ evacuation

U.S. Capitol Police say the Capitol and surrounding office buildings were briefly evacuated after a small airplane entered restricted airspace.

The evacuation was ordered about 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

A Capitol Police spokeswoman said the pilot of the aircraft did not immediately communicate after it flew into restricted space, and that’s what led to the evacuation.

The alert was lifted about 2 p.m. after the pilot began communicating, and visitors and staff were allowed back into the buildings.

– From news service reports