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Chatter: Suicide bomber strikes Yemen's soldiers

At least 20 people were killed in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, when a suicide bomber struck soldiers rehearsing for a military parade.
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Need to know:
At least 20 people have been killed and dozens wounded in a suicide bomb attack in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa.

The bomber apparently targeted the army: dressed in military uniform, he blew himself up in the middle of a battalion of soldiers as they were rehearsing for a parade.

The attack comes 10 days after government forces launched a major offensive against Islamist militants in Yemen's southern province of Abyan, where insurgents with links to Al Qaeda have taken control of a number of towns. More than 200 people have been killed since the offensive began, including 17 yesterday.

Want to know:
Residents in northern Italy have spent the night in cars, tents and in emergency accommodation following the magnitude-6.0 quake that killed seven people yesterday.

Even those whose homes remain intact say they're too scared to sleep inside, fearing aftershocks from what was described as the strongest earthquake in Italy since the 14th century. 

Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti is flying home early from the NATO summit in Chicago to oversee recovery efforts, and is expected to declare a state of emergency throughout the affected region.

Dull but important:
Abdel Baset al-Megrahi
 will be buried in Tripoli, Libya, this afternoon, the day after the Lockerbie bomber died of prostate cancer.

Megrahi was the only person ever convicted of the 1988 terrorist attack on Pan Am Flight 103, which was blown up over Scotland as it headed from London to New York. All 259 people on board were killed, as were 11 others on the ground.

Megrahi, a Libyan intelligence officer, protested his innocence to the end. He died a free man, having been released from a Scottish jail in 2009 on compassionate grounds due to his health. Doctors told him then he had only months to live.

Just because:
Do you know where the fish you eat comes from? If it was imported to the United States, there's a good chance it was caught in Thailand. And if it was caught wild in Thailand, there's a good chance it was caught by a slave.

GlobalPost carried out a three-month investigation into Thailand's multi-billion-dollar seafood industry, which supplies one out of every six pounds of America's total seafood imports. The accounts of ex-slaves, Thai fishing syndicates, officials, exporters and anti-trafficking case workers expose a shadowy offshore supply chain fuelled by slave labor.

Part One: meet the formerly enslaved fishermen who may just have caught your lunch.

Strange but true:
Alright then, who looked into the ring of fire last night?

Before you answer, let us clarify that we mean the rare annular solar eclipse that was visible across Asia, the Pacific and parts of the US. The phenomenon is so called because the moon doesn't block out the sun entirely, but leaves a spectacular "ring of fire" glowing around its outer edge.

It was the first time an annular eclipse had been visible from the US since 1994, and was tipped to be one of the astronomical highlights of the decade. If you missed it, well... there's always 2022. 

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