Afghanistan: 32 militants killed

KABUL — Troops fought gunbattles and called in airstrikes against insurgents in southern Afghanistan, killing 32 militants, the U.S.-led coalition said Saturday.

Attacks elsewhere killed five workers for a construction firm and a police officer, while a British soldier died when his vehicle overturned.

France: Iranian group protests

PARIS — Thousands of supporters of an Iranian opposition group called on the European Union and the United States to remove the organization from terror blacklists at a massive rally Saturday outside Paris.

The Paris-based National Council Resistance of Iran — an umbrella group that includes the blacklisted People's Mujahedeen of Iran, or PMOI — was removed from Britain's list of banned terror groups earlier this week. But PMOI leader Maryam Rajavi said the group's status in the U.S. and EU was hindering its ability to fight for regime change in Iran.

Honduras: Cocaine seized

TEGUCIGALPA — Honduran and U.S. authorities have seized at least 4.6 tons of cocaine on a boat in the Caribbean Sea and arrested six of the vessel's crew members.

Honduran Navy Comm. Juan Pablo Rodriguez says the cocaine was found on the Honduran-flagged "Eclipse" about 100 miles off the Honduran coast in a joint operation with the U.S. Coast Guard. The area is near the Nicaraguan border.

Mexico: Tropical storm forms

MEXICO CITY — Tropical Storm Cristina formed far off Mexico's Baja peninsula on Saturday and forecasters said it does not threaten land.

It is the third named storm of the eastern Pacific hurricane season.

Russia: 9 killed in clashes

ROSTOV-ON-DON— Russian officials say five militants and four police have been killed and four more people wounded in the violence-plagued south.

The local interior ministry says police killed three suspected militants, including a woman, in Dagestan province Saturday. A police spokesman in neighboring Chechnya says that a clash in the province left two militants and four police dead and four more police wounded. The spokesman said the clash occurred Friday when police pursued a group of militants suspected of killings of civilians and arson.

Venezuela: Sidelined military

CARACAS — Hundreds of Venezuelan military officers are no longer assigned duties and have been relegated to their homes, quietly pushed aside for their dissent under President Hugo Chavez, according to former military commanders and a watchdog group.

They say the officers have been sidelined for objecting to Chavez's socialist ideology, his push to form civilian militias and his ambiguous stance toward Colombia's leftist rebels. About 800 officers are without formal duties because of their dissent, and many of them wait out their days at home, said Rocio San Miguel, who heads Citizen Control for Security, a nonprofit group that monitors public security issues.