Afghanistan: Center raided

KABUL — About 100 insurgents raided a government center Sunday near the border with Pakistan, and more than two dozen of the attackers were killed in the battle, authorities said. Two policemen also died.

American troops and aircraft assisted Afghan forces during the battle in Spera district of eastern Khost province, said provincial governor Arsallah Jamal.

Cambodia: Ruling party victory

PHNOM PENH — Prime Minister Hun Sen's ruling party has claimed a landslide victory in parliamentary elections.

The vote is expected to usher in yet another term for the former Khmer Rouge soldier who has ruled for 23 years.

Khieu Kahnarith, spokesman for the ruling Cambodia People's Party, says estimates from party agents at nationwide polling stations indicate the party could win more than two-thirds of the 123 seats in the lower house of parliament.

Iran: 29 criminals hanged

TEHRAN — Iran hanged 29 people at dawn on Sunday after they had been convicted of murder, drug trafficking and other crimes, state run television reported.

All were hanged inside Evin prison, north of the capital. The hangings were carried out after the death sentences were ratified by Iran's Supreme Court, the television report said.

Nicaragua: Sword swiped

MANAGUA — The pen may be mightier than the sword, but it isn't quite as attractive for thieves.

Unidentified robbers have swiped a sword that belonged to Nicaraguan poet Ruben Dario from a museum while leaving some of his valuable original manuscripts untouched.

Museum secretary Maria Elena Quintero said Sunday that police are investigating the disappearance of the ceremonial sword Dario used when he served as Nicaragua's ambassador to Spain. She did not give an estimate of the sword's value.

Qatar: Home from Gitmo

DOHA — Qatar's official news agency says a Qatari man has been released from the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay and has returned home.

The news agency says Jaralla Saleh Mohammed Kahla al-Marri returned to the Qatari capital, Doha, on Sunday after being released from the detention center in Cuba. It did not say what date he was released.

Al-Marri was detained by American soldiers in Afghanistan in 2001 on suspicion of links to the Taliban and al-Qaida. But, the agency says, no charges were ever brought against him.

Serbia: Karadzic appeals

BELGRADE — Radovan Karadzic's defense team has filed an appeal to stop Serbia from extraditing the ex-Bosnian Serb leader to the U.N. war crimes tribunal, Karadzic's brother said Sunday.

It was the first confirmation of the filing. Once Serb judges decide on the appeal — which they are likely to reject — the case will be handed over to the Serbian government, which issues the final extradition order.

Luka Karadzic visited his brother in a detention cell Sunday in the company of Karadzic's lawyer. Asked later by reporters whether they had filed an appeal, Luka Karadzic said: "Of course we have."