Taliban take police captive

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Taliban rebels ambushed a police convoy in southern Afghanistan, taking at least 10 officers and a district police chief captive, while fighting elsewhere left six insurgents and an Afghan soldier dead, officials said Saturday.

The attack on the convoy occurred Thursday as it was traveling from Kandahar to the district of Miana Shien, about 60 miles northeast of Kandahar, said Deputy Provincial Police Chief Gen. Salim Khan.

U.S., Iraqi forces launch offensive

KARABILAH, Iraq - Helicopter gunships and fighter jets streaked across the desert sky Saturday as American and Iraqi forces battled insurgents near the Syrian border, killing at least 50 militants in two massive offensives to stanch the flow of foreign fighters from Iraq's western neighbor.

The U.S. military reported the deaths of two American soldiers, killed north of Baghdad during an attack as they were taking a captive to jail.

Iran to hold run-off

TEHRAN, Iran - Tehran's arch -conservative mayor capped a stunning political rise Saturday to claim second place in Iran's presidential race.

Mayor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was considered a long -shot challenger in Friday's election.

The top vote-getter, political veteran Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani, was left shaken with just slightly more than 21 percent of the ballots. He will face Ahmadinejad Friday in Iran's first run-off elections. To win, a candidate needed a majority of all votes cast.

- From wire reports