Afghanistan: Peace Day quiet
KABUL The U.N. said guns fell silent across much of Afghanistan on Sunday for an International Peace Day that saw pledges by the U.S., NATO, the Afghan government and the Taliban to halt attacks.
Violence still marred the day. A Taliban attack Sunday killed two guards in one province, while in another a battle that began Saturday continued.
Still, the U.N. said tens of thousands of international troops, Afghan soldiers and Taliban militants "all stood down from offensive military operations in support of the biggest International Peace Day effort that Afghanistan has known."
Britain: Tunnel reopening
LONDON The operators of the Channel Tunnel say they plan to reopen a section closed by fire.
Eurotunnel plans to reopen a 10.5 mile stretch of the north tunnel today and hopes to add a second segment later in the week.
Eurostar said Sunday that passenger trains will run more frequently between London and Paris as a result.
Honduras: American taken
TEGUCIGALPA, The Honduran government said a U.S. hotelier was kidnapped by gunmen but his young son escaped.
Security Vice Minister Mario Perdomo said Thomas Jacobson was abducted Saturday and forced into a car in the parking lot of his Gran Hotel Sula on the Atlantic coast.
Four gunmen accosted the 55-year-old while he was getting into his car with his son, a minor whose age was not released.
Perdomo said Sunday that Jacobson's family asked police not to intervene for fear of endangering him.
Iran: French summoned
TEHRAN Iran has summoned the French ambassador over what Tehran says is an increase of anti-Islam sentiment in Europe.
Sunday's report on state TV and the official news agency IRNA says an official in Iran's foreign ministry expressed deep concern over anti-Islamic sentiment during the meeting with the ambassador, Bernard Poletti. France currently holds the presidency in the European Union.
The report did not elaborate.
Japan: 1st woman candidate
TOKYO Even as a long-shot candidate for prime minister, Yuriko Koike is making waves in Japan, where women in high places remain rare.
The 56-year-old former defense minister is the first female candidate to run for the head of Japan's ruling party a post that brings with it the prime ministership.
The favorite in today's party vote is former Foreign Minister Taro Aso, one of four men in the running, but Koike's candidacy has symbolic importance.
Spain: Bomb injures 10
ONDARROA A car bomb exploded outside a police station in Spain's northern Basque region early Sunday, causing major damage and injuring 10 people hours after another explosion in the regional capital, officials said.
Police blamed armed separatist group ETA, which has been fighting since 1968 for an independent Basque state in northern Spain and western France. The bombings occurred three days after a Spanish court banned a pro-independence Basque political party for having ETA links.
Yemen: Death toll rises
SAN'A Yemen's Interior Ministry says two people wounded in Wednesday's attack on the U.S. Embassy in San'a have died in the hospital, bringing the total number of those killed to 19. Wednesday's attack on the gate of the U.S. Embassy by gunmen and vehicles packed with explosives initially killed 17 people, including an 18-year-old American woman and six militants.