Sergei Chuzavkov, Associated Presss
Yulia Tymoshenko shows approval after she was elected prime minister on Tuesday in Kiev, Ukraine.

Ukraine: Political comeback

KIEV — Parliament elected the fiery Yulia Tymoshenko prime minister Tuesday by the narrowest possible margin, in a striking political comeback likely to strengthen Ukraine's ties to the West and aggravate tensions with Russia.

Now the big question is whether the 47-year-old heroine of the 2004 Orange Revolution, which split the country between those who favor close ties to Moscow and those who seek greater integration with Europe, can hang onto her job.

Argentina: 8 guilty of abuses

BUENOS AIRES — Seven former army officers and an ex-police official were convicted Tuesday and sentenced to at least 20 years in prison for human rights abuses during Argentina's bloody dictatorship.

Judge Ariel Lijo issued the unexpected ruling just over a week after new President Cristina Fernandez took power, vowing to push the justice system to speed scores of slow-moving human rights cases to conclusion.

Britain: Liberals pick leader

LONDON — Britain's Liberal Democrats elected the youthful Nick Clegg as their third leader in two years Tuesday, and he vowed to reverse a slump in fortunes and woo voters disenchanted with modern politics.

Clegg, 40, narrowly beat fellow ex-European lawmaker Chris Huhne, 53, to lead the third-ranked party, which fiercely opposed the Iraq war.

Kenya: Ethics violations

NAIROBI — Fifteen top government officials violated ethics laws by using state vehicles, airplanes and other state resources to campaign for President Mwai Kibaki, a human rights group said.

The Dec. 27 polls are the closest race in Kenya's short history of multiparty democracy.

Pakistan: Derailment kills 50

MIRPURKHAS — An express train crowded with holiday travelers derailed in southern Pakistan early Wednesday, killing at least 50 people and injuring many more, officials said.

The overnight train was going from Karachi to Lahore when about 12 of its 16 cars came off the rails near Mehrabpur, the officials said.

South Africa: TB patients escape

JOHANNESBURG — Forty-nine highly infectious tuberculosis patients cut through wire fencing and broke out of a hospital isolation unit, apparently because they wanted to spend Christmas with their families.

The mass escape highlights the problems faced by South Africa as it struggles to cope with an epidemic of virtually incurable TB that feeds off the AIDS virus and kills most of its victims.

Switzerland: Migrants drowned

GENEVA — More than 1,400 migrants drowned in the Gulf of Aden this year trying to make the perilous journey from the Horn of Africa to Yemen, the U.N. refugee agency said Tuesday.

On Saturday, at least 54 Ethiopians and four Somalis died and 37 went missing when their boat capsized off the Yemeni coast, according to the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees.

Uruguay: Conferees blast U.S.

MONTEVIDEO — The leaders of Argentina and Venezuela closed ranks against the United States Tuesday, rejecting U.S. court charges in a campaign cash scandal as one more example of Americans treating their nations like subservient colonies.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez dismissed as "big lies" the allegations by U.S. prosecutors that his government had tried to cover up an attempt to deliver a suitcase stuffed with $800,000 to the campaign of Cristina Fernandez, who became Argentina's president this month.