Explosion kills nine, wounds 105 at Iran mosque

TEHRAN, Iran - A bomb explosion in a mosque packed with hundreds of worshippers in southern Iran killed at least nine people and injured more than 100 Saturday, local media reported.

The Fars news agency said the explosion in the city of Shiraz went off as a cleric was delivering his weekly speech against extremist Wahabi beliefs and the outlawed Bahai faith.

The report said nine people were killed and 105 injured, some of them critically. The force of the explosion shook houses more than a mile away, and ambulances and firefighters were rushing to the mosque, it said.

Haiti lawmakers vote to oust PM

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Haitian lawmakers on Saturday dismissed Prime Minister Jacques Edouard Alexis, hoping to defuse widespread anger of rising food prices that had led to days of deadly protests and looting.

President Rene Preval, who earlier in the day announced plans to cut the price of rice, immediately said he would seek a replacement for Alexis, who took office in 2006 with Preval's backing to head a Cabinet meant to unite the poor and fractious nation.

Tanzanian official expects torch run with no trouble

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania - The mayor of Tanzania's main city received the Olympic torch from a Chinese official Saturday and assured him its run through the East African nation would be smooth.

On Friday, Kenyan Nobel Peace laureate Wangari Maathai said she had pulled out of the torch relay in Tanzania to protest China's human rights record.

Journalists and Tanzanian sports officials watched as a Chinese Olympic official stepped off a plane and handed the torch over to Dar es Salaam's mayor, Adam Kimbisa. About a dozen riot police surrounded Kimbisa.

Taiwan VP to be meets with Jintao

BOAO, China - Taiwan's next vice president sat down with Chinese leader Hu Jintao for a brief but historic chat Saturday, raising hopes that the rivals would begin to ease six decades of hostilities.

The meeting between Hu and Vincent Siew marked the first time such a high-ranking elected figure from Taiwan visited a Chinese president since the two sides split in 1949, when Communists took over Beijing and Taiwan refused to be ruled by the new government.

The 20-minute talk at a tropical island resort was largely symbolic, focusing on boosting economic ties.