Rajesh Kumar Singh, Associated Press
His face smeared with ash, a Brahmin boy smiles as he performs rituals to wash away sins on the banks of the River Ganges in Allahabad, India, on Saturday.

Afghanistan: 30 militants killed

KABUL — U.S.-led coalition soldiers killed more than 30 militants during three days of fighting in southern Afghanistan, the coalition said Saturday.

The U.S.-led coalition, which oversees U.S. special forces units and international police and army trainers, said militants attacked a coalition and Afghan patrol "numerous times" as the troops traveled through the Zamto Valley of Kandahar province Wednesday through Friday. A roadside bomb, meanwhile, killed a soldier serving under the separate NATO-led force, in eastern Afghanistan.

Dominican Republic: New term

SANTO DOMINGO — President Leonel Fernandez promised to boost agricultural production and warned of dire economic times as he was sworn in for a third term on Saturday.

Fernandez said a shaky U.S. economy and rising fuel and food prices would bring his country economic hardship, and he asked a joint session of Congress to approve $210 million in loans for farmers to increase output and counter the downturn. Fernandez coasted to re-election in May after two nonconsecutive terms as president.

Haiti: Tropical storm kills 4

PORT-AU-PRINCE — Flooding from Tropical Storm Fay killed four people in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, and authorities said Saturday that the storm could reach hurricane strength as it barrels toward Cuba.

Florida's Gov. Charlie Crist declared a state of emergency and said Fay threatened the state with a "major disaster." Forecasters said Fay could bring hurricane-force winds to the Florida Keys as soon as Monday.

Jamaica: Ska band founder dies

KINGSTON — Johnny Moore, a trumpeter and founding member of the pioneering Jamaican ska and reggae band The Skatalites, died of cancer on Saturday. He was 70.

Moore died at a friend's house after being released from the hospital following cancer treatment last week, music promoter Herbie Miller said. Moore helped form the band in 1964 along with saxophonists Tommy McCook and Roland Alphonso and trombonist Don Drummond.

Pakistan: Deadline for Pervez

ISLAMABAD — A top ruling party official on Saturday gave Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf a two-day deadline to quit or face impeachment proceedings.

Musharraf's allies insisted he was not stepping down and was prepared to fight impeachment charges. But pressure on the president mounted further after the ruling party drew up a draft of charges to support a potential impeachment.

"Musharraf is running out of time," Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said. "If he fails to decide to quit within the next two days, the impeachment process will take its course."

Paraguay: New leader visits poor

SAN PEDRO — Paraguay's new leftist president returned Saturday to the province where he spent 11 years as bishop, and pledged to raise living standards by eradicating poverty and corruption in one of South America's poorest nations.

Accompanied by Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez, President Fernando Lugo spoke to about 1,000 peasants gathered in a plaza in San Pedro. Lugo's inauguration a day earlier was historic for Paraguay — marking the end of a 61-year stranglehold on the presidency by the Colorado Party, which supported the brutal 1954-89 dictatorship of Gen. Alfredo Stroessner.

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His face smeared with ash, a Brahmin boy smiles as he performs rituals to wash away sins on the banks of the River Ganges in Allahabad, India, on Saturday.

Afghanistan: 30 militants killed

KABUL — U.S.-led coalition soldiers killed more than 30 militants during three days of fighting in southern Afghanistan, the coalition said Saturday.

The U.S.-led coalition, which oversees U.S. special forces units and international police and army trainers, said militants attacked a coalition and Afghan patrol "numerous times" as the troops traveled through the Zamto Valley of Kandahar province Wednesday through Friday. A roadside bomb, meanwhile, killed a soldier serving under the separate NATO-led force, in eastern Afghanistan.

Dominican Republic: New term

SANTO DOMINGO — President Leonel Fernandez promised to boost agricultural production and warned of dire economic times as he was sworn in for a third term on Saturday.

Fernandez said a shaky U.S. economy and rising fuel and food prices would bring his country economic hardship, and he asked a joint session of Congress to approve $210 million in loans for farmers to increase output and counter the downturn. Fernandez coasted to re-election in May after two nonconsecutive terms as president.

Haiti: Tropical storm kills 4

PORT-AU-PRINCE — Flooding from Tropical Storm Fay killed four people in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, and authorities said Saturday that the storm could reach hurricane strength as it barrels toward Cuba.

Florida's Gov. Charlie Crist declared a state of emergency and said Fay threatened the state with a "major disaster." Forecasters said Fay could bring hurricane-force winds to the Florida Keys as soon as Monday.

Jamaica: Ska band founder dies

KINGSTON — Johnny Moore, a trumpeter and founding member of the pioneering Jamaican ska and reggae band The Skatalites, died of cancer on Saturday. He was 70.

Moore died at a friend's house after being released from the hospital following cancer treatment last week, music promoter Herbie Miller said. Moore helped form the band in 1964 along with saxophonists Tommy McCook and Roland Alphonso and trombonist Don Drummond.

Pakistan: Deadline for Pervez

ISLAMABAD — A top ruling party official on Saturday gave Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf a two-day deadline to quit or face impeachment proceedings.

Musharraf's allies insisted he was not stepping down and was prepared to fight impeachment charges. But pressure on the president mounted further after the ruling party drew up a draft of charges to support a potential impeachment.

"Musharraf is running out of time," Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said. "If he fails to decide to quit within the next two days, the impeachment process will take its course."

Paraguay: New leader visits poor

SAN PEDRO — Paraguay's new leftist president returned Saturday to the province where he spent 11 years as bishop, and pledged to raise living standards by eradicating poverty and corruption in one of South America's poorest nations.

Accompanied by Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez, President Fernando Lugo spoke to about 1,000 peasants gathered in a plaza in San Pedro. Lugo's inauguration a day earlier was historic for Paraguay — marking the end of a 61-year stranglehold on the presidency by the Colorado Party, which supported the brutal 1954-89 dictatorship of Gen. Alfredo Stroessner.