Afghanistan: Convoy attacked

KABUL— A suicide car bomb attack against a NATO convoy Saturday killed two soldiers and wounded four others, while fighting in the south killed 16 Taliban militants, officials said.

The bomb attack in the eastern city of Jalalabad hit a contingent of NATO's International Security Assistance Force, the alliance said in a statement. ISAF did not release the nationalities of the troops involved, but most soldiers in that region are American.

Belize: Tropical storm hits

AMBERGIS CAYE — A weak tropical storm formed Saturday off the Yucatan Peninsula and quickly made landfall at the Belize-Mexico border, dumping rain and kicking up surf.

The first named storm of the 2008 Atlantic hurricane season, Arthur was moving west across the Yucatan with maximum sustained winds near 40 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami. Tropical storm warnings were issued for Belize and Mexico's Caribbean coastline.

Honduras: Crash probed

TEGUCIGALPA — Authorities blocked aircraft from landing at the Honduran capital's notoriously dangerous airport Saturday, as investigators probed a commercial jetliner crash that killed five people and injured 65.

Investigators from France, El Salvador and the U.S. "will arrive in the coming hours" for a probe that could last a month or more, TACA airliner chief executive Roberto Kriete said.

Lebanon: Suicide bomber shot

BEIRUT — Lebanese troops shot and killed a suicide bomber near Lebanon's largest Palestinian refugee camp Saturday, a senior military official said.

The official said the Palestinian man wearing an explosive belt approached an army checkpoint just outside the Ein el-Hilweh refugee camp on the outskirts of the southern city of Sidon. Troops opened fire and killed the man instantly, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media.

Nicaragua: U.S. donates aid

MANAGUA — The U.S. has donated $50,000 to help victims of Tropical Storm Alma in Nicaragua.

The U.S. Embassy says it is offering the aid as an immediate response. It is sending an emergency team to evaluate the damages. Saturday's donation was the first international aid Nicaragua has received since the storm struck the colonial city of Leon two days ago. Civil Defense said 1,247 displaced families were staying in shelters or relatives.

Taiwan: 6.8 quake strikes

TAIPEI — A powerful earthquake struck near a channel that separates Taiwan and the Philippines on Sunday but no damage or injuries were reported, officials said.

Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau said the magnitude 6.8 quake hit at 9:57 a.m. The U.S. Geological Survey put the magnitude at 6.4. The quake was faintly felt in Taiwan.

Venezuela: Clash kills 1

CARACAS, Venezuela — President Hugo Chavez says one person died in an armed encounter between Venezuelan soldiers and an unidentified subversive group along the Colombian border.

Chavez says Venezuela's interior minister told him of the Friday clash but did not know who the subversives were. Leftist rebels, right-wing militias and drug gangs operate in Colombia. Relations between the neighbors have been strained since Colombia raided a rebel camp in Ecuador last March and charges that Chavez has financed Colombian guerrillas.