Afghanistan: 9 militants killed
KANDAHAR Afghan troops clashed with Taliban insurgents attacking a supply convoy for NATO troops, killing nine militants, officials said Saturday. Roadside bombs killed a NATO soldier in a separate convoy and four policemen.
The militants were killed after they attacked a supply convoy for NATO-led troops in Zabul province, said provincial police official Jalali Khan. There were no casualties among Afghan troops, he said.
Brazil: Picasso print recovered
SAO PAULO Police have arrested a man in the heist of two Pablo Picasso prints from a museum in Sao Paulo and recovered one of the works, police and a museum official said Saturday.
Inspector Cesar Carlos Dias said information obtained through wiretaps of gang members involved in unrelated robberies led police to Ueslei Barros, who was arrested. Barros led police to one stolen Picasso print, "The Painter and the Model," hidden in an attic of a building on the outskirts of Sao Paulo, Dias said.
Cambodia: Little hope for talks
PREAH VIHEAR A Cambodian general said today that he has little hope that upcoming talks between his government and Thailand will resolve a tense border dispute that has seen hundreds of troops face off around an ancient temple.
Cambodian Brig. Gen. Chea Keo said Thai troops have deployed an artillery piece about half a mile northeast of Preah Vihear temple the latest escalation ahead of Monday's meeting aimed at averting a military confrontation. He said the reason for his pessimism stems from a recent counterclaim by Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej that the area around a Buddhist pagoda near the historic temple belongs to Thailand. Thai troops have been stationed at the pagoda since Tuesday.
Canada: Foot is traced
VANCOUVER One of five feet that have mysteriously washed up on the shores of British Columbia over the past year has been linked to a depressed man who disappeared a year ago, police said Saturday.
Sgt. Pierre Lemaitre said DNA testing helped identify the man. The man's name was not made public at the family's request, he said. The foot is the first to be identified by investigators, who have been working on the bizarre case since August when two feet were found days apart about 40 miles southwest of Vancouver on islands in the Strait of Georgia.
Egypt: Boat reassembly
CAIRO Archaeologists will excavate hundreds of fragments of an ancient Egyptian wooden boat entombed in an underground chamber next to Giza's Great Pyramid and try to reassemble the craft, Egyptologists announced Saturday.
The 4,500-year-old vessel is the sister ship of a similar boat removed in pieces from another pit in 1954 and painstakingly reconstructed. Experts believe the boats were meant to ferry the pharaoh who built the Great Pyramid in the afterlife.
India: Bomb kills 10 soldiers
SRINAGAR A bomb exploded near an army convoy in Indian Kashmir on Saturday, killing at least 10 soldiers and wounding 14 others, a police official said.
The bomb was apparently buried along a highway north of Srinagar, the main city in Indian Kashmir, and exploded as the army convoy passed nearby, senior police official Botlaguduru Srinivas said.
Nepal: No president yet
KATMANDU Nepal's governing assembly failed to elect the new republic's first president Saturday when none of the three candidates were able to secure half the total votes necessary to win, an official said.
The candidates were required to get half the votes in the 594-member Constituent Assembly to be elected. Constituent Assembly chairman Kul Bahadur Gurung said another election will be held Monday. That contest will be between the two top candidates.
South Korea: Moon injured
SEOUL A helicopter carrying the Rev. Sun Myung Moon crashed into a mountainside Saturday as it attempted an emergency landing, injuring the founder of the Unification Church and 15 others, officials said.
Moon, 88, was slightly injured, a hospital official said. Members of Moon's family, including his wife, were also hurt, and one person suffered a serious back injury, fire official Kim Wu-jong said.