Colombia: Earthquake kills 6
BOGOTA A moderate earthquake shook the Colombian capital Saturday afternoon, killing at least six people and injuring more than 10.
The preliminary 5.6-magnitude quake shook buildings and sent residents running into the streets.
Colombian Interior Minister Carlos Holguin confirmed that six people were killed by falling rocks and earth on a highway between Bogota and Villavicencio.
Germany: Ad posted to sell baby
BERLIN Authorities in southern Germany said Saturday they have taken custody of a 7-month-old boy after his parents posted an ad on eBay offering to sell him for one euro, the equivalent of $1.57.
Peter Hieber, a spokesman for police in the Bavarian town of Krumbach, said the baby was placed in the care of youth services in the southwestern Allgaeu region, although the child's 23-year-old mother insisted the ad was only a joke.
Mexico: Shark attacks surfer
ACAPULCO A shark injured a 49-year-old American surfer Saturday off the Pacific coast of Mexico in the third attack in a month.
The Mexican Navy deployed personnel to warn people about sharks at beaches in Zihuatanejo, a resort northwest of Acapulco, according to a Navy official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release the information. He said authorities have not closed beaches in Zihuatanejo, but people were being advised against swimming.
Pakistan: Musharraf challenged
ISLAMABAD Pakistan's fragile coalition government set itself on a collision course with the country's U.S.-backed president Saturday with a plan to strip Pervez Musharraf of his powers.
The move could create further instability in the country and is likely to heighten U.S. concerns that political infighting is taking attention away from the anti-terror fight. The Pakistan People's Party, which leads the coalition, announced a legislative package that would take power away from the presidency and return it to the prime minister.
Peru: Mass grave excavated
LIMA A Peruvian forensics team has begun excavating a mass grave containing the remains of 123 men, women and children killed by the military 24 years ago, a human-rights representative said Saturday.
Investigators in the highland village of Putis, in the southern province of Ayacucho, have exhumed 25 skeletons piled on top of each other among bullet and clothing fragments, said German Vargas, head of a group representing victims' families. Vargas said relatives are helping experts identify the remains and testifying in the chief prosecutor office's probe of the massacre possibly the largest from Peru's bloody 1980-2000 conflict.
Philippines: Guerrillas attack
MANILA Muslim guerrillas, backed by al-Qaida-linked militants, attacked a military detachment and reinforcement troops in the southern Philippines in a clash that left two rebels dead and 10 marines wounded.
The fighting between the Filipino marines and Moro Islamic Liberation Front guerrillas on Basilan island erupted after dawn today amid an ongoing withdrawal of Malaysian peacekeepers, officials said.