World briefly: Eight more U.S. troops die in Iraq

A car bomb killed at least 13 people Wednesday in a Shiite part of Baghdad, and the U.S. military announced the deaths of eight more American soldiers. Three of the American soldiers were killed and two were wounded after their Humvee was hit Tuesday with an explosively formed penetrator, a type of bomb that the U.S. alleges Iran has been supplying to Shiite militias. Two other U.S. soldiers were killed in Baghdad on Wednesday during combat operations, the military said. Two other Americans were mortally wounded Wednesday in a blast north of the capital. Another soldier was killed during fighting Tuesday in western Baghdad, the U.S. command said.

South Korea: New astronaut

South Korea announced Wednesday that a 30-year-old artificial intelligence expert will be the country’s first person in space when he flies on a Russian Soyuz capsule to the international space station early next year. The Ministry of Science and Technology selected Ko San, who works at the Aerospace Research Institute, officials said. Ko, who has a master’s degree in artificial intelligence from the Seoul National University, beat out Yi Soo-yeon, a 29-year-old female engineer, after a performance test during training in Russia.

Algeria: Six die in attack, ambush

Five security officials and a civilian were killed in a militant ambush of a town in eastern Algeria, media reports said Wednesday. A report in Liberte daily said a group of militants on Monday swarmed a neighborhood in the town of Henchir El-Hoshas entering one of the houses and slitting the throat of a 50-year-old occupant. Security forces arriving on the scene died as homemade bombs and mines set by the militants detonated.

Britain: Human-animal embryos

British regulators Wednesday said they were prepared to allow the creation of embryos that are part human and part animal for use in medical experiments. The embryos would be made by injecting human DNA into cow or rabbit eggs whose own DNA has been largely, but not fully, removed. Until now, scientists making human embryos for research have generally used human eggs from women treated with hormones, a procedure that poses medical risks and so raises ethical concerns.

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