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Afghanistan

KABUL — Security forces defused two roadside bombs near the heavily guarded U.S. Embassy and arrested a suspected suicide attacker driving a minibus packed with explosives and gas canisters close to a U.S. base, officials said. The thwarted attacks came as international donors gathered in London to discuss Afghanistan's future. Authorities fear militants opposed to the country's U.S.-backed government may time high-profile attacks to coincide with the meeting.

Austria

VIENNA — The University of Vienna announced Monday that it plans to build a new Holocaust research center in honor of the late Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal. The $17.1 million center, to be called the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies, is expected to house some 8,000 documents, including files from the country's World War II resistance movement, Austria's Jewish community and hundreds of thousands of microfilmed documents from the Jerusalem-based Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People.

Canada

ESTERHAZY, Saskatchewan — Rescuers retrieved all 72 central Canadian potash miners who were trapped underground by a fire and survived until Monday by using oxygen, food and water stored in subterranean emergency chambers. The rescued miners were all in good health. They were trapped early Sunday when a fire started in polyethylene piping more than a half-mile underground, filling the tunnels with toxic smoke and prompting the miners to take refuge in the sealed emergency rooms.

Chile

SANTIAGO — A Chilean court on Monday granted bail to the oldest daughter of Gen. Augusto Pinochet, ending her two-day arrest after she returned from the United States to face tax evasion and false passport charges. Bail for Lucia Pinochet was set at the equivalent of $5,600.

England

CAMBRIDGE — A visitor to a British museum tripped on his shoelace, stumbled down a stairway and fell into a display of centuries-old Chinese vases, shattering them into "very small pieces," officials said Monday. The three Qing dynasty vases, dating from the late 17th or early 18th century, had been donated to the Fitzwilliam Museum in the university city of Cambridge in 1948 and were among its best-known artifacts. They sat on the window sill beside the staircase for 40 years.

Italy

ROME — A nun's apparently inexplicable recovery in France from Parkinson's disease, the same affliction suffered by Pope John Paul II, looks very promising as the miracle needed to beatify the late pontiff, a Polish cleric said. But Vatican officials cautioned Monday that any decision about the healing would take time.

Mexico

MEXICO CITY — Mexican federal agents have arrested four Iraqis trying to sneak into the United States without proper documents, the government said Monday. The Iraqis were in Mexico illegally, the statement said.

Nigeria

ABUJA — An American and three other foreign oil workers held hostage for two weeks were released Monday after a secessionist leader appealed to their captors, who had demanded southern Nigerians benefit more from their region's energy wealth. The kidnappings were among a rash of recent attacks signaling that violence is on the rise in the Niger Delta, which remains impoverished despite its oil reserves.

Poland

KATOWICE — Poland's prime minister said new federal regulations would allow authorities to close buildings whose roofs aren't cleared of snow, and investigators picked through twisted metal to determine why an exhibition hall's roof buckled. Officials lowered the death toll from Saturday's collapse during a racing pigeon fair in southern Poland from 67 to 62, blaming the discrepancy on the confusion.

Turkey

ANKARA — A bomb exploded Monday at a Turkish-American friendship association in a southern city that hosts a U.S. air base, wounding five Turks, authorities said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. Turkish Islamic militants linked to al-Qaida have been planning attacks on U.S. targets in Turkey. Leftist and Kurdish militants also are active in the country.