Earthquake kills 3 in Indonesia
JAKARTA, Indonesia - A powerful earthquake struck western Indonesia on Wednesday, killing three people and injuring 25 others, officials said. A tsunami warning was briefly triggered, but no waves were detected.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 7.6 and struck under the island of Simeulue off the western coast of Sumatra - the region worst hit in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.
Rustam Pakaya, the head of the Indonesian Health Ministry's disaster center, said 'many' buildings on Simeulue were damaged and three people were killed. He said at least 25 others were seriously injured.
Monitors say Pakistan vote was relatively fair
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Pakistan's opposition parties claimed the elections would be massively rigged - then they won. International monitors said Wednesday the run-up to the vote was biased toward President Pervez Musharraf's allies but polling day was basically fair, enabling his critics to sweep to victory.
'A level playing field was not provided for the campaign,' said Michael Gahler, chief of the EU monitoring mission, noting that slanted state media coverage, restrictions on rallies and the arrest of hundreds of political activists were among conditions benefiting the ruling party.
UK agency MI6 denies killing Princess Diana
LONDON - The former head of MI6 denied Wednesday that the British intelligence agency killed Princess Diana and her boyfriend, Dodi Fayed, in 1997.
Sir Richard Dearlove, who was MI6's director of special operations at the time of Diana's Paris death, told a coroner's inquest that MI6 didn't assassinate anyone between 1994 and 1999, when he was director of special operations.
Peacekeepers close off roads amid protests
KOSOVSKA MITROVICA, Kosovo - NATO peacekeepers reopened two demolished border checkpoints between Serbia and northern Kosovo on Wednesday as thousands of Serbs protested Kosovo's independence.
For three days, Kosovo's Serbs have shown their anger over Sunday's declaration of independence by the ethnic Albanian leadership, destroying U.N. and NATO property, setting off small bombs and staging noisy rallies.
Chanting 'We won't give up Kosovo,' some 3,000 demonstrators marched in the tense Serb stronghold of Kosovska.