India: Protest draws 200,000
SRINAGAR A dispute over 99 acres of land for a Hindu shrine has prompted protests by hundreds of thousands, reviving a separatist movement and threatening to further undermine the India-Pakistan peace process.
The latest and largest protest came Friday as an estimated 200,000 people streamed into central Srinagar, shutting down this city once famed for its cool summer weather and sweeping Himalayan panoramas.
They chanted "Death to India!" and "We want freedom!" while soldiers and police kept their distance, hoping to avoid a repeat of clashes that have killed at least 34 people in recent weeks.
Afghanistan: 30 militants killed
KABUL U.S.-led troops attacked a compound where Taliban leaders were meeting and killed 30 militants, American and Afghan military officials said Friday, but the Interior Ministry said a large number of civilians died. The U.S. said it would investigate.
The coalition was striking back against insurgents opposed to the Western-backed government of President Hamid Karzai who have stepped up attacks on foreign and Afghan troops.
Brazil: Drug lord extradited
SAO PAULO Drug lord Juan Carlos Ramirez Abadia was extradited to the United States on Friday, joining other leaders of Colombia's notorious Norte del Valle cartel facing U.S. trials for allegedly smuggling 500 tons of cocaine worth $10 billion.
Ramirez Abadia was flown before dawn from a prison in central Brazil to the Amazon region jungle city of Manaus, where he was handed over to U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency agents, said Romeu Tuma Jr., a high-ranking official in Brazil's Justice Ministry.
Pakistan: Bomb kills 6 officers
PESHAWAR Police say a suicide bomber used a car laden with explosives to attack a police station in northwestern Pakistan, killing at least six officers.
Local police official Mohib Ullahn says several policemen also were wounded in today's attack in Swat, where militants have been fighting troops to pressure the Pakistan government for the enforcement of Taliban-style Islamic laws.
Peru: Indian land protected
LIMA Peru's congress voted Friday to repeal two laws facilitating the sale of Indian lands that had generated protests by dozens of tribes in the Amazon rain forest.
Lawmakers voted 66-29 in favor of repealing the laws, which were passed by presidential decree earlier this year to promote private investment in tribal lands. Thousands of Indians celebrated the lawmakers' decision in the main plaza of Bagua, a Peruvian jungle city where protesters clashed with police on Wednesday.
Puerto Rico: Suicides probed
SAN JUAN Suicide notes found in the pockets of three Guantanamo inmates who hanged themselves simultaneously in 2006 expressed their desire for martyrdom, military investigators said Friday.
The notes left by the two Saudis and the Yemeni who hanged themselves with bed sheets were worded similarly and raised concerns that another prisoner at the U.S. Navy base directed them to kill themselves, according to the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.
Puerto Rico: Torture alleged
SAN JUAN An Algerian prisoner at Guantanamo Bay has accused his guards of using a form of waterboarding on him, his lawyer said Friday, marking the first allegation that the harsh interrogation technique was used at the U.S. military base.
A human rights commission of the Organization of American States, after being informed of the alleged abuse, said Friday it has asked the U.S. State Department to ensure that Djamel Ameziane is not mistreated and receives medical care.