Makeshift bombs defused in France Police defused three makeshift bombs in a busy tourist resort and on a high-speed rail line in the French Basque country, officials said Friday. More than 1,000 tourists were evacuated in the middle of the night from their holiday homes after firefighters received a telephone tip-off alerting them to a total of five explosive devices in the southwestern region.
BAYONNE - Agence France-Presse
Journalist killed in Philippine
Philippine police arrested two suspects in the latest killing of a radio journalist, just days after another commentator from the same network was seriously wounded in an attack, officials said Friday. Radio Mindanao Network's Martin Roxas, 32, was driving his motorcycle on his way home when one of two men on another motorbike shot him dead in central Roxas city on Thursday, police said.
MANILA - The Associated Press
Zimbabwe power-sharing deal close
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai will hold make-or-break talks in Harare on Sunday aimed at finalizing a power-sharing deal, a South African newspaper said on Friday. Business Day, citing unnamed sources, said it was understood the two were not "too far apart", though the central issues remain unresolved.
HRE - Reuters
Taliban kill three 'spies' in Pakistan
Taliban militants beheaded two men and shot dead a third in a Pakistani tribal area bordering Afghanistan after accusing them of spying on the rebels, officials and witnesses said Friday. The bodies of three men were found dumped by a road at Kayrala village in the troubled Bajaur tribal district with notes saying, "these people were spying on Taliban movement fighters," a local government official told AFP.
KHAR - Agence France-Presse
Kashmir leaders under house arrest
Indian police placed three Kashmiri separatist leaders under house arrest on Friday as they prepared to lead protests against what they call attacks on Muslims and an economic blockade by Hindu demonstrators. Hindus in Kashmir's winter capital of Jammu, demanding the state government transfer forestland to a Hindu shrine trust, have attacked lorries carrying essential supplies to the Kashmir valley.
SRINAGAR - Reuters
Nine killed in vehicle rollover in Arizona
Nine people were killed and 10 injured when a sports utility vehicle packed with suspected illegal immigrants overturned on a desert highway south of Phoenix, police said on Thursday. Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Bart Graves said the vehicle ran off state route 79 on Thursday morning.
PHOENIX - Reuters