BRUSSELS -- EU ambassadors approve negotiating mandate on liberalization of short-stay Schengen visas for Kuwaitis and Qataris.

ADEN -- A booby-trapped car blows up near the convoy of senior security officer in Yemen, killing six people and wounding seven others.

MADRID -- NATO chief says that official invitations have been sent to Sweden and Finland to join the alliance.

WASHINGTON -- US and Turkish leaders meet on the margins of NATO Summit in Madrid to discuss bilateral and regional issues. (end) gb