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YEMEN: Northern Yemeni warplanes bombed targets west of the southern stronghold of Aden, the first northern air raid on the city since the first days of the civil war. But the raid did not hit the south's only oil refinery west of Aden or the city's power station. Northern warplanes have been largely idle in Yemen's month-old civil war in which the southern air force has struck northern ground forces continously.TIGER: A tiger, angered by a tipsy zoo visitor, bit off the man's arm and then kept wardens from retrieving the severed limb, according to a news report. The 41-year-old man, strolling in the zoo of Russia's Baltic city of Kaliningrad Monday night, wanted to impress his female companion by putting his arm inside the tiger's cage, the Baltic News Service reported. The man was expected to live.

GENERAL KILLED: An army general leaving for work in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday was shot to death by unidentified gunmen believed to be Basque separatists, the Defense Ministry said. A car police suspect was used by the assassins in their escape exploded in a nearby street shortly after the killing. There were no injuries. Infantry Brig. Gen. Juan Jose Hernandez Rovira was dead on arrival at the hospital.

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ENSLAVEMENT: A graduate student from Kuwait who prosecutors in Boston say threatened to kill his housekeeper if she left the apartment and fed her only a piece of pita bread each day was sentenced to a year in prison. Talal Alzanki, 31, of Quincy, was convicted March 14 of enslavement. U.S. District Judge Rya Zobel on Tuesday also ordered the Boston University student to pay $13,415 in back wages to Vasantha Gedara, 27, the Sri Lankan woman he hired in Kuwait to keep house for him and his wife.

WHALE FREED: A pygmy sperm whale was turned loose in the Atlantic six months after washing up sick on the New Jersey shore, a balloon and other plastic debris stuck in its digestive tract. The 7-foot, 350-pound Inky was released Tuesday 30 miles off the Florida coast, along with another of her species, Blinky. Inky was nursed back to the health at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, where she arrived Nov. 26 with infections and other problems.