Congo: Peace pact signed

GOMA — Years of fighting in Congo's restive east ended — on paper at least — Wednesday as warlords and militia fighters signed a long-awaited peace accord with the government of this huge Central African country.

The deal commits all sides to an immediate cease-fire, followed by a pullback of fighters from key areas that will become a U.N.-patrolled buffer zone, said Vital Kamerhe, a government spokesman for the talks.

Observers praised the deal but said fulfilling it would be long and difficult work, with many details yet undecided.

Iran: No 'harsh' sanctions

Russia said Wednesday a draft U.N. resolution on Iran's nuclear program does not call for any harsh sanctions, and the Iranian president said new measures would not deter the country's pursuit of nuclear technology.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the draft encourages countries to be vigilant in their dealings with Iran to prevent the illegal transfer of nuclear material but "does not foresee any harsh sanctions."

Japan: GM still No. 1

TOKYO — Toyota said Thursday it sold 9.366 million vehicles last year globally, about 3,000 vehicles fewer than the tally from General Motors, allowing the U.S. automaker to retain its crown as the world's No. 1 automaker.

All year long, the two automakers raced neck-and-neck in global sales, highlighting Toyota's phenomenal growth and the struggles facing GM and other American automakers.

Pakistan: Musharraf criticized

ISLAMABAD — An influential group of former military officers called on Pakistan's embattled president to step down, a move that could further undermine the U.S.-allied leader ahead of parliamentary elections next month.

A statement by the Pakistan Ex-Servicemen's Society blamed President Pervez Musharraf for the current crisis in the country and said the former army commander no longer "represents the unity and the symbol of the federation as president."

Poland: Plane crash kills 7

WARSAW — A military plane carrying 18 officers and crew crashed Wednesday in northwestern Poland, killing at least seven people, officials said. The officers had been attending a flight safety conference in Warsaw.

The plane was approaching an air base at Miroslawiec shortly after 7 p.m. when it crashed, Maj. Bogdan Ziolkowski, a spokesman for the base, told The Associated Press.

Spain: Cell planned attack

MADRID — An Islamic militant cell broken up over the weekend had planned a suicide attack targeting Barcelona's public transport network, a Spanish judge said Wednesday.

He ordered 10 suspects jailed pending further investigation and freed two others.

Judge Ismael Moreno of the National Court made the announcement after questioning the 12 suspects for seven hours.