Suicide attack kills 3 police

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - A roadside bomb killed a Canadian soldier in southern Afghanistan Friday, while a suicide attack in the same region left three policemen and a civilian dead, officials said.

Canadian Pvt. Terry John Street, 24, of Hull, Quebec, died as the explosive detonated near his vehicle, said Brig.-Gen. Guy Laroche, the commander of Canadian forces in Afghanistan.

The blast that killed Street - the 82nd Canadian soldier to die in Afghanistan - took place in the volatile Panjwaii district west of Kandahar city, long a hotbed of Taliban activity.

Govt. plans to cut combat tours

WASHINGTON - The Bush administration plans to announce next week that U.S. soldiers' combat tours will be reduced from 15 months to 12 months in Iraq and Afghanistan beginning later this summer, The Associated Press has learned.

The decision, expected to get final, formal approval in the days ahead, comes as Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, prepares to deliver a progress report to Congress next week on the improved security situation there. He is also expected to make recommendations for future troop levels.

Pirates swarm onto luxury yacht

PARIS - Pirates seized control of a French luxury yacht carrying 30 crew members Friday off the coast of Somalia, the French government and the ship's owner said.

Attackers stormed the 288-foot Le Ponant as it returned without passengers from the Seychelles, in the Indian Ocean, toward the Mediterranean Sea, said officials with French maritime transport company CMA-CGM.

'The Defense and Foreign ministries are mobilized to act as quickly as possible, I hope in the coming minutes or hours to try to win the freedom of these hostages,' Prime Minister Francois Fillon told reporters while on a visit to Brussels, Belgium.

US bomber catches fire

WASHINGTON - A U.S. military B-1 bomber caught fire Friday after landing at an American base in the Middle East. All crew members escaped safely.

The Air Force said the bomber was taxiing after landing at al-Udeid Air Base in Qatar and 'was involved in a ground incident' and caught fire. The fire was contained, but no other details were available. The incident was under investigation.

There are four crew members on the B-1 bombers. Al-Udeid is the headquarters of all U.S. air operations in the Middle East.