Argentina: Adoptee suing
BUENOS AIRES A 30-year-old woman is suing her adoptive parents for kidnapping in a case that opened in an Argentine court Tuesday, becoming the first child of disappeared political prisoners to press such charges.
Maria Eugenia Sampallo Barragan accused adoptive parents Osvaldo Rivas and Maria Cristina Gomez Pinto of falsifying adoption documents to hide her identity.
Armenia: Ruler leads vote
YEREVAN Early results in Armenia's presidential election Tuesday gave a strong lead to Prime Minister Serge Sarkisian and put him on track to win the post without a runoff, officials said.
With just over half the ballots counted, Sarkisian had nearly 56 percent of the votes, the Central Election Commission said. Former President Levon Ter-Petrosian was second in the field of nine, with 19 percent. A candidate needs more than 50 percent for an outright victory.
Britain: 17th young suicide
LONDON The body of a teenage girl was found hanging in the woods of a Welsh village Tuesday, and authorities said it was the 17th young suicide in just over a year near one town in South Wales.
No evidence has been found of a suicide pact or a cult responsible for the string of deaths, police said.
All the suicides happened in or around Bridgend, nearly 20 miles west of Cardiff, within the past 13 months.
Japan: Marines restricted
TOKYO The U.S. military imposed tight restrictions on all personnel in Okinawa on Wednesday, limiting troops to bases, places or work or off-base housing amid a furor over the arrest of a Marine on suspicion of rape.
The restriction, which tightens a midnight curfew for those enlisted on the southern Japanese island, started early today and was indefinite, the U.S. Forces Japan said in a statement.
Peru: Clashes kill 3
LIMA Clashes between police and farmers left at least three protesters Tuesday, as a national strike against free trade and farm policies seethed for a second day, officials said.
Two men died from gunshot wounds after police fired into a crowd of protesters in the Andean state of Ayacucho, opposition congresswoman Juana Huancahuari, former head of the Ayacucho Agrarian Federation, told Lima's CPN radio.
Somalia: 6 die in fighting
MOGADISHU Heavy fighting killed at least six people in the Somali capital overnight, sparking cordons and search operations by government troops and their Ethiopian allies, witnesses said Tuesday.
Local resident Asha Yusuf said he saw four soldiers among the six dead.
South Korea: Crash claims 7
SEOUL A South Korean army helicopter crashed into a mountain near Seoul early Wednesday, killing all seven people on board, an army officer said.
The UH-1H went down in Yangpyong, about 25 miles east of Seoul around 1:40 a.m., army spokesman Lt. Col. Ko Dong-hun said.