KABUL - A roadside bomb detonated by remote control killed five people Saturday in southern Afghanistan, including a former Afghan senator and tribal leader who worked to foster peace and development. The former lawmaker, Khairo Jan, was riding in a vehicle with three bodyguards and another tribal leader from the area when the bomb exploded on the road as they passed, a spokesman for the Uruzgan Province police chief said.
UN leader tries to avert missile test
SEOUL - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is urging North Korea to reconsider its plan to launch a long-range rocket. Ban’s office said he made the comments Saturday during a meeting with South Korea’s president, Lee Myung Bak. Ban is in Seoul to attend this week’s Nuclear Security Summit. North Korea says it will launch an observation satellite on a long-range rocket next month. The United States and South Korea fear Pyongyang wants to test long-range missiles that could eventually deliver nuclear warheads.
Boat swept away by tsunami spotted
VANCOUVER - A fishing vessel swept away by the tsunami that devastated Japan last year has been spotted adrift off British Columbia. Jeff Olsson of Victoria’s Joint Rescue Coordination Center said a plane spotted the 50-foot-long vessel about 160 miles west of Haida Gwaii. The vessel has been identified as coming from Hokkaido, Japan. Olsson said no one is believed to be aboard and there’s no environmental danger. About 5 million tons of debris were swept into the ocean when an earthquake and tsunami struck Japan.
5 troops, 12 Taliban killed in clashes
DERA ISMAIL KHAN - Pakistani intelligence officials said five army soldiers and 12 Taliban militants were killed in clashes. The officials said the fighting took place Saturday near Wana, in the South Waziristan tribal area, a Taliban stronghold. Four soldiers were hurt. The army operation targeted Taliban fighters who dumped the decapitated bodies of two abducted soldiers in the area Friday.
Quake hits capital; no one injured
SANTIAGO - A 5.1-magnitude earthquake shook awake residents of Chile’s capital Saturday, but no damage or injuries were reported. The US Geological Survey reported that the earthquake occurred at 4:28 a.m. local time.