Afghan Killed, 26 Injured

In Bombings in Jalalabad

KABUL, Afghanistan -- Two bombs hidden in fruit carts exploded almost simultaneously Wednesday in a crowded commercial district of Jalalabad, killing one person and wounding 26, including five children and three policemen.

The blasts came four days after a bomb killed two women working in Jalalabad to register female voters for elections scheduled for September.

An Australian freelance journalist reported missing in southern Afghanistan contacted her family and employer on Thursday, but the Australian government said it remained concerned about her welfare and whereabouts. Carmela Baranowska, a documentary filmmaker with Australia's SBS Television, and her Afghan assistant and driver had been reported missing in a region where Taliban rebels are active.

The Americas

* BRASILIA -- Brazil will play an exhibition soccer match in Haiti in August, with spectators invited to swap firearms for tickets, Brazilian Sports Minister Agnelo Queiroz said.

The minister said Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva wants to clear his agenda so he can attend the game. Queiroz said Tuesday that the match would most likely occur on Aug. 18. Brazilian troops are leading a U.N. peacekeeping force in Haiti.

Ricardo Teixeira, president of the Brazilian Soccer Federation, said he expected "the entire Brazilian team" to take part in the match, including such top stars as Ronaldo. Soccer is hugely popular in Haiti; Brazil, the five-time World Cup champion, is the nation's favorite foreign team.


* LONDON -- A 24-hour subway strike made an exasperating mess of London transportation, tangling traffic and forcing millions of commuters onto overcrowded buses that took hours to crawl through the city.

The strike by subway drivers, signal workers and maintenance staff ended at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, but the London Underground said only about 20 percent of the service would be operational for the rest of the evening and advised passengers to find other transportation home.

* GENEVA -- Swiss investigators questioned Benazir Bhutto, Pakistan's former prime minister, over allegations she used Swiss bank accounts to launder millions of dollars in kickbacks.

Bhutto was convicted of money laundering in July 2003 under a Swiss law that empowers high-level investigators to impose penalties without a court hearing. But the conviction was automatically thrown out when she contested it, prompting a fresh round of questioning.


* JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Detained Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi will be allowed to run in future elections, the Indonesian foreign minister said, quoting his Burmese counterpart.

Indonesian Foreign Minister Hassan Wirayuda said Burma "disclosed that once the constitution is established, Madame Suu Kyi can participate in the future elections." Burma is holding a national convention to draft a constitution that would allow a return to civilian rule.

-- From News Services