21 Pakistani policemen slain

PESHAWAR, Pakistan - Twenty-one tribal policemen believed to have been kidnapped by the Taliban were found shot dead in Pakistan's troubled northwest tribal region early Sunday.

Officials found the bodies shortly after midnight in the Jabai area of Frontier Region Peshawar after being notified by one policeman who escaped, said Naveed Akbar Khan, a top political official in the area. Another policeman was found seriously wounded.

The 23 policemen went missing before dawn Thursday when militants attacked two posts in Frontier Region Peshawar. Two policemen were also killed in the attacks.

Militants lined the policemen up on a cricket pitch late Saturday night and gunned them down, said another local official who spoke on condition of anonymity. - AP

3 militants die in drone strike

SAN'A, Yemen - Three al-Qaeda militants were killed in a suspected U.S. drone strike in southern Yemen, Yemeni security officials said, the fourth such attack in a week and a sign that attacks from unmanned aircraft are on the upswing in the country.

The officials said the three men were hit as they were riding in a Land Cruiser in el-Manaseh village in Bayda province. Dozens of local al-Qaeda-linked fighters protested the drone strikes after traditional Islamic Friday prayers.

Earlier in the week a suspected U.S. drone strike killed two militants in Radda itself, Yemeni security officials say, and seven were killed in two other strikes in the southeastern province of Hadramawt. Four suspected drone strikes a week is uncommon in Yemen.

- AP

Fire ravages Haitian market

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - A massive fire in Haiti's capital has ravaged a portion of a popular marketplace where hundreds of vendors sold their wares.

Police spokesman Frantz Lerebours said Saturday that dozens of stalls at the Port Market in Port-au-Prince were burned to the ground and that few items were recovered. He said there were no reports of deaths or injuries in the fire late Friday.

The same market was destroyed in April 2010 just months after a devastating earthquake killed an estimated 300,000 people. Vendors at that time said the fire was politically motivated, although police never determined the cause. - AP

Elsewhere:

Mexican marines on Friday killed four gunmen who apparently were trying to steal the body of a Zetas cartel chieftain slain by the military a day before in the Gulf Coast state of Veracruz. The state government identified the drug boss as Angel Enrique Uscanga, nicknamed "the Pokemon."