KABUL — A U.S. soldier was killed Tuesday when a bomb exploded near a troop patrol in volatile eastern Afghanistan.The attack occurred a day after suicide bombers rammed cars filled with explosives into NATO peacekeepers in two attacks in the Afghan capital — the first major assault on foreign troops in Kabul in more than a year. The death toll rose to nine Tuesday as police found more bodies in a ditch and a wounded man died. Police blamed al-Qaida for the suicide bombings.
QUITO — Ecuadorean police arrested a married couple in connection with a shipwreck that killed 104 migrants traveling illegally to the United States, officials said Tuesday. Investigators have charged that the Ecuadorean boat was overloaded when a large wave capsized it on Aug. 12 off Colombia, killing all but nine of the 113 people aboard. Police presented Milton Bautista and Lydia Pesantez to reporters Tuesday, saying they were arrested a day earlier in Cuenca, 185 miles south of the Ecuadorean capital, Quito.
PARIS — France's lower house of parliament voted Tuesday to extend a state of emergency for three months, after the government said the extra powers are still needed to end the country's worst civil unrest in four decades. The government also moved to deport 10 foreigners convicted during the 19 days of violence in troubled poor neighborhoods. Officials said vandals torched 215 vehicles overnight, continuing a steady decline that showed France was "getting back to normal" after nights of arson attacks, clashes with police and other unrest.
BERLIN — A man who published a study that he said proved the Nazis did not gas Jews at Auschwitz was deported from the United States to his native Germany to serve a 14-month prison term for Holocaust denial. Germar Rudolf, also known as Germar Scheerer, had his emergency petition to block the deportation rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday. He was put on a flight in Chicago on Monday night and arrived in Germany on Tuesday.
TEGUCIGALPA — Honduras on Tuesday said it would open an aid office in New Orleans to support the more than 80,000 Hondurans who lost their homes or livelihoods when Hurricane Katrina devastated the area. The office will help oversee the distribution of $100,000 in donations aid, said Rene Becerra, the government's commissioner for immigration. Becerra said about 150,000 Honduras immigrants and their families live in the city.
JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's eldest son pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of illegal fund-raising for his father's 1999 election campaign, raising the specter of a prison term and putting his political future in jeopardy. Omri Sharon, a member of Israel's parliament, appeared briefly in a Tel Aviv court to admit to falsifying corporate documents, perjury and violating party funding laws.
AMMAN — Eleven top Jordanian officials, including the national security adviser, resigned Tuesday and the government imposed tough new rules aimed at foreigners in the wake of the deadly hotel bombings. A fourth American died of wounds sustained in the attacks, according to the U.S. Embassy, raising the death toll to 58, plus the three bombers. The American was not further identified.
MONROVIA — Former finance minister Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf easily won the most votes in Liberia's presidential run-off, according to results released Tuesday, putting the Harvard-educated politician in line to become the first woman elected president in Africa. Before Johnson-Sirleaf can be declared the victor, election fraud charges filed by her rival, international soccer star George Weah, must be investigated, officials said.
TUNIS — Negotiators from more than 100 countries agreed Tuesday to leave the United States in charge of the Internet's addressing system, averting a U.S.-EU showdown at this week's U.N. technology summit. U.S. officials said early Wednesday that instead of transferring management of the system to an international body such as the United Nations, an international forum would be created to address concerns. The forum would have no binding authority.