Truck crash kills 15 in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan - A passenger truck ran off the road in a mountainous region of Afghanistan yesterday, killing 15 people and wounding 56, an official said. Three suicide-bomb attacks around the country killed one person.

The truck ran off the road in the northeastern province of Badakhshan. President Hamid Karzai ordered Afghan army helicopters to help evacuate the wounded to better hospitals in Kabul, but bad weather hindered the effort.

In the eastern province of Khost, two suicide bombers in a vehicle tried to attack a U.S. military outpost but were stopped by Afghan police at a checkpoint. Police and U.S. coalition soldiers opened fire and killed both attackers. In Helmand province, a suicide bomber on a motorbike targeted a police truck but missed. A civilian was killed.

- AP

S. Africa plans refugee shelters

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - The South Africa government was expected to announce today its plans on accommodating the thousands of foreigners fleeing their homes in the face of anti-immigrant violence.

The government has been promising to move those seeking refuge in police stations, town halls and churches to better shelters with better health and sanitation services. Hlangwani Mulaudzi, a government spokesman, said yesterday that officials were still identifying land and completing logistical details. He said the government did not want the shelters to become permanent.

At least 56 people have been killed and nearly 50,000 foreigners forced from their homes in a wave of attacks by South Africans who accuse them of taking jobs and being responsible for crime.

- AP

Kitty Hawk leaves Japan a last time

YOKOSUKA, Japan - The oldest active ship in the U.S. Navy, the Kitty Hawk aircraft carrier, made its final departure from Japan yesterday to be decommissioned after 47 years of service.

Sailors lined the decks as the Kitty Hawk, which has the longest period of active service in the Navy, pulled away from Yokosuka port to the cheers of schoolchildren and the sounds of brass bands.

The Kitty Hawk is the last conventionally powered aircraft carrier in the Navy, and will be replaced by the nuclear-powered George Washington. The Kitty Hawk will make a stop at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, then travel to the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Wash., to be decommissioned.

- AP

Elsewhere:

World-famous

primate expert Jane Goodall and other scientists appealed to European Union officials yesterday to do more to end the testing of animals for science and medical research.

An American scaled

Mount Everest for the 10th time, becoming the first non-Nepalese to achieve the feat. David Hahn, 46, of Taos, N.M., reached the 29,035-foot summit Tuesday with American Nicole Messner and two Sherpa guides.