Pakistan Police Rescue

Women From Sex Trade

DAHARKI, Pakistan -- Pakistani police have rescued 10 women from a gang involved in trafficking in women for the sex trade, police said Saturday.

The women were recovered this week from private jails in two places near the town of Daharki, 350 miles northeast of the major port city of Karachi.

"These women were brought from the North-West Frontier province and the Punjab for trafficking purposes," said a senior police official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Three people were arrested during the raids, he said.

"We fear, from the statements of the arrested men, that this gang is involved in the trafficking of some 100 women."


* KABUL, Afghanistan -- A U.S. soldier and an Afghan soldier have been killed in an attack in southern Afghanistan, the U.S. military said.

The small-arms and rocket-propelled grenade attack Friday also wounded a U.S. soldier and two Afghan National Army troops during combat operations north of the city of Kandahar, the military said.

* KABUL, Afghanistan -- Afghan human rights activists warned Saturday that allegations that an American security contractor killed his Afghan interpreter could hurt the image of the United States here -- even as the U.S. military suffers its deadliest year yet fighting Taliban rebels.

Relatives of the slain interpreter, 37-year-old Noor Ahmad, threatened to set themselves on fire unless his American supervisor is tried in his death, which occurred at a compound of U.S. Protection and Investigations in the western Farah province.

The americas

* PALO CAMPANA, El Salvador -- El Salvador's largest volcano erupted for the first time in a century Saturday, killing two people and forcing thousands to flee their homes.

The Ilamatepec volcano, also known as Santa Ana, hurled out hot rocks, ash and boiling water Saturday morning and a massive plume of smoke rose more than 10 miles into the air.

Two people were killed under a landslide caused by the volcano's eruption in the small community of Palo Campana, near the crater, the government said. A few homes were destroyed.

The Middle East

* ISTANBUL -- Turkey's prime minister said the nation would only accept full membership in the European Union, warning Austria's ambassador to drop talk about an associate partnership in the group.

The E.U. foreign ministers meet Sunday in Luxembourg to discuss Austria's insistence that Turkey be offered something less than full membership in the 25-nation E.U., calling into question whether the bloc will open accession talks with the nation on Monday, also in Luxembourg.

Austria has said it does not want Turkey as a full member.

-- From News Services