Kenya: Rivals' agreement
NAIROBI Kenya's rival sides said Friday they had agreed to take action to end monthlong violence from a disputed presidential election, but the death toll mounted when police fired on mobs setting homes and businesses ablaze in the west of the country.
Kofi Annan, the former U.N. secretary-general who is mediating, said the sides had agreed to tackle within a week the most pressing issues including resolving the immediate political crisis. Both sides called for illegal militias to be disbanded and for the investigation of all crimes connected to the violence, including alleged excessive force by police.
Bolivia: 150 survive crash
LA PAZ A plane carrying more than 150 people crash-landed in a bog in eastern Bolivia on Friday after fierce storms turned it away from its destination and it tried to reach another airport hundreds of miles away, according to officials and news reports. All on board survived.
Photographs by local media showed the charter Boeing 727, flown by a local airline, in a flooded forest clearing, stripped of at least one wing. A set of landing gear was in the water nearby.
England: Ships run aground
LONDON Rescue operations Friday saved scores of people from two ships that ran aground in stormy waters off the British coast, but efforts to evacuate the injured captain of the third distressed vessel had to be called off.
Rescue workers airlifted 37 people from the two ships that ran aground off Britain's northwestern coast. A Royal Air Force helicopter was sent Friday night to remove the seriously injured captain from a freighter that lost cargo in rough seas and was partially flooded near Scilly Islands off southwest England, officials said. But the rescue had to be called off because conditions were too dangerous.
Mauritania: Embassy attack
NOUAKCHOTT At least one gunman opened fire on the Israeli Embassy in Mauritania early Friday, setting off a gunbattle with guards that wounded three people, Israeli and Mauritanian officials said.
The gunman opened fire at 2:20 a.m., Israeli Ambassador Boaz Bizmuth told Israel Radio.
"The local security forces who guard our embassy returned fire," he said. "As of now, we know of one casualty: a Mauritanian citizen who lives near our embassy. All embassy staff are fine."
A Mauritanian government spokesman, Aziz Ould Dahi, confirmed the attack but said three people were wounded. The French Foreign Ministry also said three French citizens, two men and a woman, were wounded.
Netherlands: Holloway case
THE HAGUE Dutch student Joran van der Sloot denied Friday that he had anything to do with Natalee Holloway's disappearance, saying he lied when he told someone privately he was involved.
The statement came hours after Aruban prosecutors announced they were reopening their investigation into the disappearance of the Alabama teenager after seeing secretly taped material from a Dutch journalist.
Saudi Arabia: 13 die in crash
RIYADH At least 13 South Asian workers riding in the back of a pickup truck were killed Friday when it collided head-on with another vehicle, police said.
All were employees of Saudi Aramco, the state-owned oil company.
Eight victims were from Bangladesh, two were Indian and three were Pakistani, police official Hamad Fawzan said. Eighteen people were injured, with nine reported in critical condition.
Sri Lanka: Bomb kills 12
COLOMBO A bomb tore through a packed bus carrying civilians Saturday in central Sri Lanka, killing 12 people and wounding 35 others, the military said.
The blast inside the bus occurred at 7 a.m. in Dambulla, a town about 90 miles northeast of the capital, Colombo, said military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara, blaming separatist Tamil Tiger rebels.