Afghanistan: NATO helicopter hit
KANDAHAR Insurgents fired a rocket that hit a NATO helicopter carrying the governor of a key southern Afghan province Saturday, but no one was injured, officials said.
A series of clashes, airstrikes and bomb blasts elsewhere in the country killed 10 militants and four civilians. Helmand Gov. Ghulab Mangal and a delegation of British officials were about to land in the provincial town of Musa Qala when an insurgent rocket-propelled grenade struck the helicopter, Mangal said.
The pilots managed to land the CH-47 Chinook helicopter at a nearby NATO base.
Dominican Republic: Election
SANTO DOMINGO Dominican President Leonel Fernandez coasted to a third term in office, vowing Saturday to push ahead with policies he says have lifted the Caribbean nation's economy from crisis.
Fernandez beat his main rival, center-left construction magnate Miguel Vargas, with 54 percent to 40 percent of Friday's vote, according to a final tally released by election officials late Saturday. The remaining votes were shared by six other candidates.
England: Appeal to militants
LONDON A former Church of England leader has appealed for militants to release five British civilians kidnapped in Iraq a year ago.
Former Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey released a video Saturday addressing the kidnappers as "honorable men" and "men of faith." Gunmen abducted British management consultant Peter Moore and four security guards in Baghdad on May 29, 2007. They are believed to be held by Shiite militants.
Iraq: Pelosi visits al-Maliki
BAGHDAD U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a top Democratic critic of the U.S.-led war in Iraq, met with the Iraqi prime minister Saturday during a surprise visit to Baghdad.
Pelosi went into the meeting with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki shortly after arriving in the Iraqi capital, a government official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to release the information. U.S. Embassy spokeswoman Mirembe Nantongo confirmed that the California Democrat had arrived and said she would be meeting with senior U.S. and Iraqi leaders.
Israel: Hamas cease-fire?
JERUSALEM Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak will meet Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Tuesday to discuss efforts to work out a cease-fire between the Hamas rulers of the Gaza Strip and Israel, officials said.
The talks in the Egyptian resort of Sharm El-Sheik will also focus on Egyptian efforts to prevent arms smuggling into the Palestinian territory, Israeli government officials said Saturday. They spoke on condition of anonymity since the meeting had not yet been officially announced. The talks do not signify that a deal is imminent but that the Egyptian mediation efforts are progressing, they said.
Somalia: Hundreds flee attack
MOGADISHU Islamic insurgents in Somalia seized a major agricultural center overnight, sending hundreds of people fleeing, a human rights leader said Saturday.
The attack underscored the government's vulnerabilities as U.N.-sponsored peace talks stalled in neighboring Djibouti. Ali Bashi, of Fanole rights group, said the Islamic Courts Union ousted militiamen loyal to Somalia's fragile government from Jilib overnight and were patrolling the southern town Saturday. Two militia fighters were killed and three others were wounded in the fighting, he said, citing reports from his office in Jilib.