Barbados: Opposition gains
BRIDGETOWN The opposition swept to power, winning at least 20 of the 30 seats in Barbados' Legislature, according to election results Wednesday.
David Thompson of the Democratic Labor Party was expected to be sworn in as prime minister today after a recount in the close race for one seat.
Barbados Labor Party had been seeking a fourth consecutive term in government in Tuesday's election. It took power in September 1994 under outgoing Prime Minister Owen Arthur.
Israel: Bungled attack kills 3
JERUSALEM Israeli aircraft targeting Palestinian rocket squads on Wednesday killed a 12-year-old boy, his father and uncle in a bungled attack, while Islamic militants, enraged by the death of their leader's son in an Israeli raid, bombarded Israel with rocket and mortar fire.
Two days of violence in Gaza appeared to be uniting Palestinians against Israel at a time when peace talks have resumed for the first time in seven years. On Tuesday, 19 Palestinians were killed, most of them militants, including a son of Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahar.
The Palestinian civilians killed Wednesday were victims of an Israeli air attack on a pickup truck east of Gaza City.
Japan: Whale hunt disrupted
TOKYO Protesters scored a victory in a high-seas campaign to disrupt Japan's whale hunt in the Antarctic, forcing the fleet to a standstill Wednesday while officials scrambled to unload two activists who used a rubber boat to get on board a harpoon vessel.
The faceoff was a rapid escalation of the annual contest between the fleet that carries out Japan's controversial whale hunt in southern waters and the environmentalist groups that try to stop it.
The founder of the Sea Shepherd anti-whaling group, Paul Watson, told The Associated Press by satellite phone that the Japanese are targeting vulnerable whale stocks and said his organization will keep harassing the fleet.
"We will chase them until they stop their hunt," Watson said from the bridge of the Steve Irwin, a Sea Shepherd vessel. "As long as we are chasing them, they aren't killing whales."
Japanese officials said a Greenpeace boat also was shadowing the whaling fleet.
Pakistan: Small fort seized
DERA ISMAIL KHAN In an embarrassing battlefield defeat for Pakistan's army, Islamic extremists attacked and seized a small fort near the Afghan border, leaving at least 27 soldiers dead or missing.
The militants did not gain significant ground, but they did further erode confidence in the U.S.-allied government's ability to control the frontier area where the Taliban and al-Qaida flourish.
Attacks on security forces are rising in the volatile tribal region, and Pakistan is reeling from a series of suicide attacks that killed former prime minister Benazir Bhutto and hundreds more, chipping away at President Pervez Musharraf's prestige before Feb. 18 parliamentary elections.
Serbia: Thousands rally
PRISTINA Thousands of Serbs rallied in Kosovo's ethnically divided north on Wednesday to support an ultranationalist leader in his bid to become Serbia's president, officials said.
Candidate Tomislav Nikolic, leader of the Radical Party, warned Western capitals not to support Kosovo's secession from Serbia as he addressed Serb radicals in the Serb-dominated part of the town of Kosovska Mitrovica.
"Do not dare touch Serbia," Nikolic told the crowd, which police estimated at 3,000 people. "Serbia has its borders, Serbia has its people."
The industrial town has often been a scene of clashes between Kosovo's majority ethnic Albanians and its Serb minority. The town's Serbs live north of a river that runs through, and the ethnic Albanians live south of it.