Israel: Violence escalates
JERUSALEM Israel's deputy defense minister warned of disaster in the Gaza Strip after Palestinian rocket fire grew more ominous Friday with an assault on an Israeli city. Gaza's unbowed Hamas rulers promised to fight on.
Meanwhile, Hamas said a 13-month-old girl and three other civilians were killed in an Israeli strike on Beit Hanoun, a northern town in Gaza where Palestinian militants often launch rockets at Israel. But local residents said a militant rocket fell short and landed in the area of the baby's house.
The escalating violence comes ahead of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's visit to the region next week.
France: Model found dead
PARIS The body of Katoucha Niane, one of the first African women to attain international stardom as a model and a vocal opponent of female genital mutilation, was found in the Seine River, police said Friday.
Known simply as Katoucha, the former top model for Yves Saint Laurent and other top designers was found Thursday near the Garigliano bridge in Paris, judicial police in Paris said. An autopsy showed no signs of foul play, pointing to the possibility that the 47-year-old may have fallen accidentally into the river, they said.
Haiti: Thousands protest
PORT-AU-PRINCE Protesters jammed the streets of Haiti's capital Friday to mark the fourth anniversary of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide's ouster, with thousands marching to the presidential palace to demand his return from exile.
The peaceful crowd, estimated by police at 5,000, also criticized President Rene Preval and the U.N. peacekeeping force that has been in place since Aristide's departure, blaming them for rising food prices and rampant unemployment.
Iraq: Archbishop kidnapped
BAGHDAD Gunmen kidnapped a Chaldean Catholic archbishop Friday in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, police and the church said, in another attack targeting Iraq's small Christian community.
The gunmen killed three people who were with Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho after he ended a Mass at a nearby church, said Iraqi Brig. Gen. Khalid Abdul Sattar, a spokesman for the Ninevah province police. An aide to Iraq's Cardinal Emmanuel III Delly, leader of the church, said he did not know who was behind the kidnapping of the 65-year-old archbishop.
Kenya: Leader backs sharing
NAIROBI Kenya's opposition leader said Friday he expects a new power-sharing agreement to succeed, two months after a disputed presidential election set off violence that tarnished the country's reputation for stability.
Raila Odinga will be prime minister under the deal he struck Thursday with President Mwai Kibaki. Odinga accused Kibaki of stealing the Dec. 27 election, and fighting over their dispute killed more than 1,000 people and forced 600,000 from their homes.
"If I did not believe in its ability to work I would not have entered it," Odinga said.
Peru: 15 die in ferry accident
LIMA A boat ferrying passengers and cargo through the Peruvian jungle capsized on a remote river, killing 15 people and leaving 20 missing, officials said Friday.
Seven people survived.