Turkish Scholars Confer On Armenian Massacre

ISTANBUL -- Scholars held Turkey's first-ever public discussions Saturday about the early 20th-century massacre of Armenians, avoiding emotional language and analyzing events year by year at a gathering that Turkish nationalists said was traitorous.

The European Union called the academic conference a test of freedom of expression in Turkey, which is hoping to begin talks on membership in the bloc next month.

The Armenian issue stirs deep passions among Turks, who are being pushed by many Western countries to say their forebears carried out the 20th century's first genocide.

ASIA

* KABUL, Afghanistan -- Two U.S. soldiers were wounded by a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan, while there were conflicting reports on the whereabouts of a missing Taliban commander, officials said.

The U.S. military said the two soldiers were wounded when their vehicle was struck by a bomb while they were on patrol northwest of the southern city of Kandahar on Friday.

Africa

* MOGADISHU, Somalia -- Police in the breakaway republic of Somaliland have detained two suspected al Qaeda militants, raising the number of terrorism suspects captured in two days to seven, the regional leader said Saturday. Dahir Rayale Kahin, the president of the internationally unrecognized republic, said the suspects were detained Friday in the capital, Hargeisa, adding that two other militants were on the run.

-- From News Services