HAT YAI — A Buddhist monk and a Thai police officer were killed and six other people wounded in a bomb attack Saturday by suspected Muslim insurgents in southern Thailand, police said. The bomb was remotely detonated in Pattani province, targeting monks who were receiving alms and police officers guarding them. Pattani is one of three Muslim-majority provinces in predominantly Buddhist country.
Palestinian official killed at camp
SIDON — Gunmen ambushed and killed a Palestinian official in a refugee camp in southern Lebanon Saturday, Lebanese security officers said. Talal al-Urduni, a senior security official with the Palestinian Fatah movement, died along with his bodyguard after they were attacked near a hospital in the camp. Officials said that Islamic extremists in the camp were probably behind the assassination. Ein el-Hilweh is Lebanon’s largest Palestinian refugee camp and it is a haven for militants and fugitives.
Saudi-led coalition pauses in fighting
SANA — The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen said it will start a five-day humanitarian pause Sunday. A statement, carried on Saudi state media, said the pause in airstrikes comes at the request of Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi. It said the coalition will respond if Shi’ite Houthi rebels or their allies conduct any military actions or movements. The Saudis launched the campaign in March.
Woman sees father killed by shark
HOBART — A woman watched her father being mauled to death by a large shark Saturday while the pair were diving off the Australian island state of Tasmania, police said. The woman had returned to their boat with scallops that the pair had collected, then became concerned that her father, in his late 40s, had not surfaced after her. The attack occurred off the east coast near where a 15-foot great white shark was seen on Friday.
Travel advisory eased for Iran
LONDON — The British Foreign Office has eased its travel advisory on visits to Iran but urges caution. The new advisory issued Saturday still calls on Britons to avoid traveling to parts of Iran that border Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, but it no longer urges them to avoid all nonessential travel to Iran.