Panama: Survivor released

DAVID — A California girl who was the sole survivor of a plane crash in Panama was released from a hospital Sunday but will remain with her parents in the Central American country for a few days and possibly meet some of her rescuers.

Francesca Lewis, 12, her face still bruised, smiled as her sister pushed her wheelchair to a waiting car Sunday.

Francesca was plucked Tuesday from the plane's wreckage in Panama's remote western mountains. Killed in the crash were Francesca's friend Talia Klein, 13; Klein's father, Michael Klein, 37, a prominent businessman from Santa Barbara, Calif.; and Panamanian pilot Edwin Lasso.

Afghanistan: Soldier killed

KABUL — A roadside bomb killed a NATO soldier and wounded four others in southern Afghanistan on Sunday, while a Taliban ambush left eight Afghan security personnel dead, officials said.

The NATO soldiers were patrolling in the country's volatile south when an explosion ripped through their vehicle, NATO said in a statement.

NATO did not identify the nationalities of the dead and wounded soldiers.

Brazil: Swimmers stung

SAO PAULO — Swarms of jellyfish stung nearly 300 swimmers looking to cool off from a heat wave in a southeastern beach city, Brazilian media reported Sunday.

At least 15 people, including children and teenagers, were treated in Praia Grande for severe stings, Dr. Adriano Bechara told the Tribuna newspaper, though their lives were not in danger.

Cuba: Gitmo detainee dies

An Afghan detainee and alleged member of the Taliban died in custody Sunday at Guantanamo Bay of colorectal cancer, the U.S. military said.

The detainee, identified as Abdul Razzak, had been undergoing chemotherapy treatments since October after being diagnosed following symptoms of abdominal pain in September, the military's Southern Command said in a statement from its Miami headquarters.

Egypt: Pilgrims put in camps

El-ARISH — More than a thousand Palestinian pilgrims, including members of the militant Hamas group, were put in camps in the northern Sinai on Sunday until a dispute over how they will return to the Gaza Strip is resolved.

The Palestinians arrived in the Egyptian Red Sea port of Nuweiba in southern Sinai on Saturday after completing their pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia. But they have refused Egypt's attempts to have them return to Gaza through the Israeli-controlled Aouja border crossing.

Somalia: Mortar kills family

MOGADISHU — A mother and her five children were killed Sunday by a mortar round fired during fighting between Somali insurgents and Ethiopian troops.

Insurgents attacked bases of Ethiopian troops in the south of the capital with mortars and the Ethiopians fired back, with about 30 mortars fired in all, said Mostaf Abdi Ahmed, a neighbor of the family.

Spain: Rally for families

MADRID — Tens of thousands of people in predominantly Roman Catholic Spain rallied Sunday in defense of the traditional family in a country where the government has legalized gay marriage and facilitated divorce.

The crowd roared when Pope Benedict XVI appeared on giant TV screens in a live hookup from St. Peter's Square in Vatican City, praising the crowd.