Afghanistan: 10 die in bombings
KABUL Roadside bombs killed five foreign troops and five government soldiers Saturday, part of a surge of violence that has made Afghanistan's battlefields deadlier for foreign forces than those in Iraq.
In Saturday's deadliest incident, a roadside bomb hit a coalition convoy west of the main southern city of Kandahar, killing four troops and wounding two others. Coalition spokesman Lt. Col. Paul Fanning said gunmen opened fire on the damaged vehicles and three Afghans also were hurt. He declined to release the nationality of the troops, who were involved in training Afghan forces.
Bangladesh: Tiger killed
DHAKA A news report says villagers and forest guards have beaten to death a protected Royal Bengal tiger after it killed three people near the world's largest mangrove forest in southwestern Bangladesh.
The United News of Bangladesh agency says the tiger strayed into Kadamtala village late Friday and killed three people. The tiger also injured a fourth person and killed five goats in the area. Villagers and officials surrounded the tiger and waited until morning to kill it.
England: $$ to quit smoking
LONDON Authorities in a Scottish city are offering smokers food vouchers if they quit.
Health officials in Dundee say ex-smokers will be given 12.50 pounds ($25) a week on an electronic card. The credits can be redeemed in stores for fresh food and groceries, but not alcohol or cigarettes. Participants in the pilot program will get help giving up cigarettes and will have to undergo weekly carbon monoxide breath tests to prove they have not started again.
Mexico: Club deaths probed
MEXICO CITY Police on Saturday were investigating why youths as young as 13 were in a Mexico City nightclub where a stampede killed 12 people.
Nine nightclub customers and three police officers died in the Friday stampede, which started when police showed up to check reports of drugs and alcohol being sold to minors. Some of the dead were between 14 and 16 years old, city prosecutors said. One female victim was 13.
Pakistan: Bhutto remembered
ISLAMABAD Pakistani officials commemorated Benazir Bhutto's birthday Saturday with plans to rename an airport after the slain former prime minister, build a monument on the site of her assassination and grant clemency to thousands of death row inmates.
Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani announced the measures in a speech to parliament, which observed a minute of silence for Bhutto, who would have turned 55 on Saturday. Bhutto, who was head of the Pakistan People's Party, was assassinated in a bombing and shooting attack outside a December election rally in the garrison town of Rawalpindi.
United Arab Emirates: Iran
DUBAI The head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency is warning that any attack on Iran could turn the Mideast into a "ball of fire."
IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei also warned in the interview aired Saturday that he will resign as chief of the U.N. nuclear agency if Iran is attacked by any country.
Zimbabwe: Election violence?
HARARE President Robert Mugabe accused the opposition of falsely claiming that their supporters were being beaten up ahead of next week's presidential runoff, state-run media reported Saturday.
Mugabe faces opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai in the June 27 runoff after Tsvangirai won the first round but not by an outright majority. On Friday, Tsvangirai said that a "wave of brutality" has swept Zimbabwe since the runoff was called and implored Zimbabweans not to lose hope that they can change their country.