Turkey: Generals jailed in 'plot'
ANKARA Two retired generals were jailed Sunday in connection with an alleged plot to topple Turkey's Islamic-rooted government, the highest-ranking ex-soldiers detained as part of the probe, a news report said.
The two, arrested late Saturday, were among 21 people rounded up in the past week in the investigation into an alleged pro-secular and nationalist network called "Ergenekon," the state-run Anatolia news agency said. No charges have been filed, and details about the alleged plot were sketchy Sunday. Some newspapers close to the government have said the suspects were plotting a series of events such as mass demonstrations and violent clashes with police that would lay the ground for an army takeover.
Afghanistan: Missiles strike
KABUL Afghan officials said fighter aircraft battling militants accidentally killed up to 27 Afghans walking to a wedding ceremony in eastern Afghanistan early Sunday, the second military attack in three days with reports of civilian deaths.
The U.S. military blamed the claims on militant propaganda and said its missiles only struck insurgents.
Algeria: OPEC chief talks oil
ALGIERS OPEC chief Chakib Khelil says the world's surging oil prices are not likely to fall.
He says strong market demand, especially from China and India, is one reason prices will stay as high as they are. But Khelil told a conference on energy in Algiers on Sunday that the steady increases of late "have nothing to do with supply and demand."
Khelil, who serves as Algeria's energy minister, blames the rise on the weak U.S. dollar, the currency that oil is sold in.
Iraq: Bomb kills Sunni leader
BAGHDAD Iraqi police and medical officials say a bomb has killed the head of a U.S.-allied Sunni group south of Baghdad.
The police officer says Ali Abdul Ridha al-Badri was the head of an awakening council in Iskandariyah, 30 miles south of Baghdad, and was killed Sunday after meeting with U.S. forces. The officer says the bomb was attached to al-Badri's car.
Mexico: Pilot killed in crash
PIEDRAS NEGRAS A plane carrying a load of auto parts crashed Sunday as it was trying to land in northern Mexico, killing the pilot and severely injuring the co-pilot.
The plane crashed before dawn Sunday half a mile from the runway in Ramos Arizpe, 200 miles south of the U.S.-Mexico border, said Segismundo Doguin, the deputy civil defense chief for Coahuila state. The co-pilot received second- and third-degree burns and was in critical condition at a hospital in the nearby city of Saltillo, Doguin said.
Somalia: U.N. official killed
MOGADISHU Gunmen opened fire on people leaving a mosque in Somalia's capital on Sunday night, killing one of the country's senior U.N. officials and wounding his son and another man, a witness and a family member said.
Attacks on officials, including those working for the U.N. or aid agencies, are common in Somalia, where Islamic insurgents have vowed to fight an Iraq-style insurgency against the country's weak and corrupt U.N.-supported government.
The shooting occurred a day after an explosion killed a Somali official, his wife and four others in Mogadishu.
United Arab Emirates: Iraqi debt
ABU DHABI The United Arab Emirates canceled billions of dollars of Iraqi debt Sunday and moved to restore a full diplomatic mission in Baghdad, evidence of Iraq's improved security and growing acceptance of its Shiite-led government.
The Abu Dhabi government announced the debt relief and the naming of a new UAE ambassador to Baghdad shortly after Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki began a visit to the wealthy Gulf nation. The news was sure to bolster al-Maliki's government, which has been urging Iraq's Sunni Arab neighbors to forgive loans taken during Saddam Hussein's regime and restore diplomatic relations.