Junta says monks were detained

YANGON, Myanmar - Myanmar's junta said Friday that hundreds of Buddhist monks were detained during its crackdown on pro-democracy activists and that it was hunting for four more clerics it described as ringleaders of the uprising.

The government insisted that most of the monks had already been freed, with only 109 still in custody, according to an official statement broadcast on state TV.

U.S. airstrikes kill 25 as troops hunt for smugglers

BAGHDAD - U.S. airstrikes killed at least 25 people Friday after troops met a fierce barrage while hunting suspected arms smuggling links between Iran and Shiite militiamen. The military described the dead as fighters, but village leaders said the victims included children and men protecting their homes.

In a separate incident, the U.S. military said it was investigating the deaths of three civilians shot by American sentries near an Iraqi-manned checkpoint. Iraqi officials said the victims were U.S.-allied guards and were mistakenly targeted.

Civilians, militants killed in raid

KABUL, Afghanistan - U.S.-led coalition and Afghan troops clashed with insurgents during a raid in eastern Afghanistan on Friday, and civilians as well as militants were killed. In the country's volatile south, separate explosions apparently targeting NATO forces killed two children and a British soldier.

In central Ghazni province, a U.S. civilian helping Afghan farmers died in a roadside bomb explosion Thursday, officials said.

The joint force came under attack during a raid on compounds suspected of housing militants in Waza Khwa district, in Paktika province. In the ensuing battle, several Taliban fighters, but also civilians - including a woman and a child - were killed, a coalition statement said.

Boy, 3, found after 11 days in Amazon jungle

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil - A 3-year-old boy who was lost in the dense Amazon rain forest was found after 11 days, apparently unharmed but for dehydration and thorns in his feet and legs, police said Friday.

Neilson Oliveira Lima disappeared from his home in the rural community of Pupuai on Sept. 16, according to Amazonas state police officer Ailson Carvalho, and was found on Sept. 27 about two miles away, with thorns covering his feet and legs.

'He went in the forest following his father and he got lost. He was found by his cousin, who was out hunting,' Carvalho said.