Libyan rulers postpone naming new government

Libya’s provisional rulers Sunday put off “indefinitely” their much-anticipated naming of a new government tasked with guiding the nation forward after the ouster of longtime leader Moammar Gadhafi.

Meanwhile, new clashes were reported in the coastal city of Sirte, Gadhafi’s birthplace, and the desert town of Bani Walid, southeast of Tripoli.

Mahmoud Jibril, the No. 2 leader in Libya’s Transitional National Council, said in the eastern city of Benghazi that the filling of Cabinet positions and other posts had been delayed pending final discussions among various groups.

SANAA, Yemen

Troops fire on protesters, leaving at least 26 dead

Yemeni government forces opened fire with anti-aircraft guns and automatic weapons on tens of thousands of anti-government protesters in the capital demanding ouster of their longtime ruler, killing at least 26 and wounding dozens, medical officials and witnesses said.

After nightfall, Sanaa sank into darkness after a sudden power outage, as protesters took control of a vital bridge, halting traffic and setting up tents. Thousands of other protesters attacked government buildings and set fires to buildings they said were used by snipers and pro-government thugs.


Strong earthquake shakes northeastern India, Nepal

A strong earthquake shook northeastern India and Nepal on Sunday night, killing at least 16 people and damaging buildings.

The quake, with a preliminary magnitude of 6.9, struck at 6:10 p.m. local time and was felt across northern and eastern India, including in the capital of New Delhi. It triggered at least two aftershocks of magnitude 6.1 and 5.3, Indian seismology official R.S. Dattatreyan said.

— From news service reports