Afghanistan: Deadly raid
KABUL U.S. forces raided a village near the border with Pakistan early Wednesday and killed six people, including two children and a woman, villagers and a government official said.
The raid came a day after NATO said it killed about 12 insurgents in an airstrike in southern Afghanistan, denying accusations from two Afghan lawmakers that civilians were among the dead.
Germany: War museum plan
BERLIN Germany's Cabinet adopted a plan Wednesday for a $45.5 million museum to commemorate the plight of Germans uprooted from their homes in eastern Europe after World War II.
The program comes after years of heated debate with Germany's neighbors on how best to memorialize the hardship suffered by millions of Germans left homeless after borders shifted westward in 1945, without diminishing the crimes of the Nazis during the war.
The center in downtown Berlin will include a permanent exhibit on the displaced Germans but also will provide information on expulsions of other peoples throughout history and around the globe, said Thomas Steg, a spokesman for Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Ireland: Queen may visit
DUBLIN Queen Elizabeth II will visit the Republic of Ireland for the first time, most likely next year, the Irish president said Wednesday.
"That day is significantly closer now," Mary McAleese said after she and the British monarch discussed the success of power-sharing in Northern Ireland. Both women then attended a ceremony at Queen's University of Belfast in the British territory.
The queen did not comment. Buckingham Palace declined to discuss her future travel plans.
No British monarch has visited the territory of the Republic of Ireland since 1911, a decade before the island's partition into a British, mostly Protestant north and an independent, predominantly Catholic south.
Kosovo: U.N. police returning
MITROVICA United Nations police began returning to the Serb-dominated part of this divided town Wednesday after Serb leaders promised they would not be attacked, a U.N. spokesman said.
The international police force pulled out of Mitrovica on Monday after the worst violence since Kosovo declared independence from Serbia a month ago. Clashes with protesters armed with guns and hand grenades left one police officer dead and dozens injured.
The regional police commander for Mitrovica, David McLean, said police were returning "gradually" and setting up their operations and patrols on Wednesday. He said he expected to restore the mission "as quickly as possible."
Somalia: Militants laud listing
MOGADISHU Islamic militants in Somalia welcomed being added to the U.S. list of foreign terrorist organizations, saying Wednesday they only wished the designation had come sooner.
The State Department announced Tuesday that it added the military wing of the Council of Islamic Court to its list of foreign terrorist organizations. Some members of its military wing, called al-Shabab or "the youth," are affiliated with the al-Qaida terror network, U.S. officials said.