PORT-AU-PRINCE — A former army commander twice accused of plotting to overthrow Haiti's government was shot to death in an upscale suburb of the capital, police said Friday. Ex-Col. Guy Francois was killed Thursday night, said judiciary police chief Michael Lucius. Police have no motive or suspects in the killing.

Ivory Coast

ABIDJAN — Protesters angry over toxic waste dumping blamed for six deaths set fire to a port official's home Friday, beat a former Ivory Coast transport minister and blockaded streets in Abidjan, the country's commercial center. The waste — apparently dumped illegally in late August around the city's residential areas — sent thousands of people to hospitals and prompted the resignation of the entire Cabinet.


CABO SAN LUCAS — Tropical Storm Lane became a Category 2 hurricane Friday as it roared toward the tip of the Baja California Peninsula, lashing Mexico's Pacific coast, flooding port cities and causing a landslide that killed a 7-year-old boy. The hurricane had maximum sustained winds near 100 mph. On Friday night, it was 240 miles east-southeast of Cabo San Lucas, moving north-northwest at nearly 13 mph.


LIMA — Peru celebrated the return Friday of a prized 1,300-year-old embossed gold headdress looted from an ancient tomb nearly 20 years ago. With a feline face at its center and eight curving tentacles, the artifact — which collectors say could be among Peru's most valuable treasures and worth close to $2 million — was recovered last month in a raid on a London lawyer's office.


BUCHAREST — Silviu Brucan, a top communist official and diplomat in postwar Romania who later became one of the few strong voices of opposition to dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, has died, doctors said Friday. He was 90. Brucan died of a heart attack Thursday night at Bucharest's University Hospital, 10 days after undergoing stomach surgery, Dr. Gheorghe Iana said.


MOSCOW — President Vladimir Putin said Friday that the killing of a top Central Bank official underlined Russia's problem with economic crimes and ordered the main security service and other government agencies to mount a coordinated crackdown. The murder of bank first deputy chairman Andrei Kozlov, who was shot point-blank in the head by two assailants Wednesday, was widely believed to be connected to his campaign against money-laundering and criminality in the banking sector.


ARUSHA — Ongoing drought in east Africa has forced Tanzania to impose power cuts seven days a week, the energy minister said Friday. The nationwide move follows months of rationing, and is blamed on serious water shortages in Tanzania's hydroelectric dam. With the latest cuts, consumers will be without power for 10 hours every day of the week.


ANKARA — Police on Friday blamed autonomy-seeking Kurdish rebels for a bombing that killed 10 people, saying there were similarities to previous attacks on military targets carried out by the guerrillas. The bomb went off Tuesday at a bus stop near a park in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir — Turkey's largest Kurdish-majority city — and most of the victims were children.

United Nations

Over strong opposition from China, the U.N. Security Council on Friday put Myanmar on its agenda in what U.S. officials called a "major step forward" in American efforts to increase pressure on the country's military dictatorship. The council voted 10-4 to formally list Myanmar, which has drawn international condemnation for imprisoning hundreds of political opponents, including pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.


SAN'A — Authorities foiled an attempt by suicide bombers to blow up two oil installations with explosives-laden cars Friday, days after al-Qaida threatened to strike facilities in the Persian Gulf. The four attackers and a guard were killed. No group claimed responsibility for Friday's attacks. But Prime Minister Abdul-Kader Bajammal said "investigators have uncovered all the details related to the two operations and the identity of the perpetrators," according to the official news agency.