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Afghanistan

KABUL — A bomb killed two American soldiers and wounded three others in southern Afghanistan, the U.S. military said Saturday, and an attack in an eastern province killed three children and two others on the first day of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. The attacks were a reminder of the insecurity still threatening Afghanistan's democratic experiment three years after the fall of the Taliban.

Austria

LINZ — Two cable cars collided in northern Austria on Saturday and knocked a 3-year-old girl out the doors, sending her tumbling 30 feet to the ground, state media said. The girl's grandmother was also hurt. The girl was seriously injured from the fall, the Austria Press Agency reported.

Britain

LONDON — British troops could be moved to Baghdad to provide cover for American troops as they carry out offensive operations against insurgents in Fallujah and elsewhere in the country, media reports said Saturday. The move would be the first time that British troops have been deployed outside southern Iraq.

Congo

KINSHASA — Congo President Joseph Kabila visited northeastern territory formerly held by rebels Saturday for the first time since taking power in 2001, his spokesman said, while the army claimed to have retaken a village near Zambia and killed at least 20 militiamen.

Cuba

MADRID — Cuban authorities denied entry to a conservative Spanish politician and two Dutch colleagues hoping to meet with dissidents, Spain's Foreign Ministry said Saturday.

Germany

BERLIN — German authorities on Saturday said they were awaiting a formal request from Spain to extradite a Syrian-German businessman suspected of being a key al-Qaida figure. Mamoun Darkazanli, 46, was taken into custody in Hamburg on Friday under a Spanish warrant.

India

BOMBAY — India's Congress Party and its allies triumphed over rival Hindu nationalists on Saturday in a key state election that was seen as a test of the popularity of Sonia Gandhi — the Italian-born leader of the country's governing coalition. The Congress Party-led alliance won 139 seats in the Maharashtra state legislature, defeating the Bharatiya Janata Party-Shiv Sena coalition, which won 118 seats.

Japan

TOKYO — Peru's ambassador to Japan expressed confidence Saturday that Tokyo will extradite former President Alberto Fujimori to face murder and embezzlement charges. Fujimori said Lima's new request for custody shows he is a victim of "political persecution."

Jordan

AMMAN — Despite a weeklong advertising blitz, Jordan canceled plans Saturday to broadcast a soap opera about Afghanistan after an Internet threat against everyone from actors to TV executives if the show portrayed the Taliban in a negative light.

Lebanon

BEIRUT — Prime Minister Rafik Hariri summoned the American ambassador to Lebanon on Saturday over reports Congress was considering freezing the U.S. accounts and assets of Lebanese and Syrian officials as a way to pressure both countries.

Serbia-Montenegro

MALISEVO — Tens of thousands of mourners marched in the rain to a cemetery Saturday for the burial of 15 students killed in a bus crash as they were returning from a field trip to neighboring Albania. The teenagers' bus collided with a car and tumbled over a cliff in Albania on Thursday.

Sudan

KHARTOUM — Sudan disputed a U.N. report saying 70,000 people have died since March in refugee camps in western Darfur province, with a government minister insisting Saturday that the number couldn't be more than 7,000. On Friday, the World Health Organization estimated that at least 70,000 people had died in the camps, most because of poor conditions.

Tajikistan

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan — Russian President Vladimir Putin cemented Moscow's military presence in the former Soviet republic of Tajikistan, signing a deal Saturday to establish a permanent base for troops deployed there since before the Soviet collapse.