AU condemns Darfur ambush The African Union condemned an ambush by Darfur militiamen that killed seven members of a joint U.N.-AU mission, saying yesterday it was a criminal act but would not deter the organizations from their work. The soldiers and police from the UNAMID force were ambushed by about 40 vehicles full of heavily armed militia during a patrol in North Darfur on Tuesday, UNAMID said.
Uzbekistan arms depot blast kills 3
A series of explosions at a Soviet-era arms depot in southern Uzbekistan killed at least three people and smashed windows in buildings several miles away, official media and witnesses said yesterday. The blast occurred in the town of Kagan outside the ancient Silk Road town of Bukhara -- near a helicopter base used by Soviet forces in the 1980s to support military operations in neighboring Afghanistan.
TASHKENT - Reuters
Landmine blasts kill six in Pakistan
At least six people were killed and nine others injured yesterday in a series of landmine blasts in a Pakistani tribal area bordering Afghanistan, an official said. The blasts took place in Kurram district, where pro-Taliban militants are active and which has a history of sectarian and tribal violence. No one claimed responsibility for the blasts.
PESHAWAR - Agence France-Presse
Four teens charged with stabbing
Police said yesterday they had charged four teenagers, including a girl, with the murder of Shakilus Townsend, stabbed to death in south London last week. Townsend, 16, was found with a stab wound in the entrance to a block of flats in Thornton Heath last Thursday. He died in hospital the following day.
LONDON - Reuters
Islamists kill two Somali soldiers
Islamist insurgents killed two Somali government soldiers and wounded two others in a fresh overnight attack on their military camp in the Baidoa area, officials and witnesses told AFP yesterday. The attack came two days after a deadly insurgent assault on the presidential palace area in Baidoa, a city 250 kilometers northwest of Mogadishu and home to the country's transitional parliament.
MOGADISHU - Agence France-Presse
Nigerian militants call off truce
Nigeria's main militant group said yesterday it would resume attacks in the country's oil-rich river delta region because of Britain's recent pledge to back the government in the conflict there. A top leader with the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta told The Associated Press the group was abandoning a two-week-old cease-fire as of midnight Saturday.
ABUJA - The Associated Press