Afghanistan: NATO command

KABUL — The U.S. general who led American troops into Iraq took command Tuesday of the 40-nation NATO-led campaign in Afghanistan.

Army Gen. David D. McKiernan took charge of the 51,000-member International Security Assistance Force from Gen. Dan McNeill, who will retire from the U.S. Army after 40 years.

In the latest violence, three ISAF soldiers were killed in attacks, including two in eastern Afghanistan, where most of the forces are American. About 15 others — insurgents and Afghan police — also died in violence.

Belize: Flood toll rises to 7

BELIZE CITY — Flash flooding carried away houses and ripped a child from his father's grasp in Belize, raising the death toll from Central America's twin tropical storms to at least seven — with rain still causing floods Tuesday in neighboring Mexico.

The remnants of Pacific Tropical Storm Alma swept over Belize hours before Tropical Storm Arthur roared in from the Caribbean on Saturday at the Mexico-Belize border.

Britain: Charges in blast

LONDON — British police say they have charged a Muslim convert injured in a restaurant bombing last month.

Police say they have charged 22-year-old Nicky Reilly with an offense under the country's terrorism act.

Reilly was arrested shortly after a blast rattled a family restaurant in the southwest English city of Exeter, 200 miles west of London, on May 22.

A photo released by police showed a bloody-faced Reilly being approached by officers. He was the only person wounded in the blast.

Ethiopia: 4.5 million hungry

ADDIS ABABA — Around 4.5 million Ethiopians need emergency food aid — 1 million more than a previous estimate, a government official said Tuesday.

Ethiopia is struggling through a crisis brought on by a countrywide drought and skyrocketing global food prices. The U.N. food agency has said that up to 3.4 million Ethiopians will need emergency food aid.

France: Bardot convicted

PARIS — Brigitte Bardot was convicted Tuesday of provoking discrimination and racial hatred for writing that Muslims are destroying France.

A Paris court also handed down a $23,325 fine against the former screen siren and animal rights campaigner. The court also ordered Bardot to pay $1,555 in damages to MRAP.

Norway: Not guilty of plots

OSLO — Three Norwegians were acquitted Tuesday of plotting attacks against Israeli and U.S. embassies in 2006, but one was convicted of a shooting at an Oslo synagogue.

The Oslo District Court said there was insufficient evidence against Arfan Bhatti and two other suspects in Norway's first terrorism trial since anti-terror laws were strengthened after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Pakistan: Blast kills 5 kids

QUETTA — Police say five children have died after the accidental detonation of a mortar shell at a scrap-metal business in Pakistan.

Police officer Rehmatullah Niazi said one of the scrap dealer's children bought three shells for recycling in Quetta, a city near the Afghan border.

Niazi said the boy dropped one shell in the house, where the business was also located, causing the blast.

Russia: Gorbachev rival dies

MOSCOW — Grigory Romanov, a Politburo member who was Mikhail Gorbachev's chief rival to become Soviet leader in the mid-1980s, has died, the Communist Party said Tuesday. He was 85.

The party said Romanov died in Moscow, where he had lived in retirement since losing out to Gorbachev in 1985. No date or cause of death were given.

Romanov became a full member of the ruling Politburo in 1976, when the Soviet Union was led by Leonid Brezhnev, who treated him as his successor.