Bombs kill five foreign troops in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan - Roadside bombs killed five foreign troops and five government soldiers Saturday, part of a surge of violence that has made Afghanistan's battlefields deadlier for foreign forces than those in Iraq.

The U.S. administration already has highlighted the Iraq-Afghan comparison to lobby its NATO allies - with limited success - to commit more forces to Afghanistan for a conflict likely to test the West's stomach for a long, grinding war.

Sadrists accuse government of targeting movement

BAGHDAD - Followers of Muqtada al-Sadr accused the government Saturday of targeting their political movement as security forces arrested 20 policemen linked to the anti-American cleric.

The arrests occurred on the third day of a security operation in Amarah, a southern Shiite city and purportedly a hub for smuggling weapons to Iraqi Shiite extremists from Iran.

Amarah is also a stronghold of al-Sadr's political movement. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, himself a Shiite, had promised not to arrest al-Sadr's followers who were not involved in criminal activity.

Robert Mugabe: Opposition lies about violence

HARARE, Zimbabwe - President Robert Mugabe accused the opposition of falsely claiming that their supporters were being beaten up ahead of next week's presidential runoff, state-run media reported Saturday.

'They say this so that they can later say the elections were not free and fair. Which is a d--- lie,' the state Herald newspaper quoted Mugabe as saying at a campaign rally Friday in the western city of Bulawayo.

Mugabe faces opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai in the Friday runoff after Tsvangirai won the first round but not by an outright majority.

Saudi Arabia arrests alleged gays in raid

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - A Saudi newspaper says religious police have arrested 21 allegedly homosexual men and confiscated large amounts of alcohol.

Al-Medina daily says the Commission for the Propagation of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, which employs the religious police, was told Friday of a large gathering of young men at a rest house in Qatif, in eastern Saudi Arabia.

The paper says scores of men were initially arrested but only 21 remain in detention.

- From wire reports