Space junk falls harmlessly in South Pacific

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - A refrigerator-sized piece of space junk fell harmlessly into the South Pacific on Sunday night, according to NASA.

The junk was a tank full of ammonia coolant on the international space station that was no longer needed. Astronaut Clayton Anderson threw it overboard during a spacewalk in July 2007.

Pakistan warns US general against strikes

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Pakistani officials warned Gen. David Petraeus on Monday that frequent missile strikes on militant targets in Pakistan fan anti-American sentiment in an Islamic country vital to the struggle against terrorism.

The new U.S. commander of America's wars in Afghanistan and Iraq met Pakistani officials, including Defense Minister Ahmad Mukhtar and army chief Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, as part of his first international trip since taking over U.S. Central Command three days earlier.

Gunmen kidnap aid worker on Kabul street

KABUL, Afghanistan - Gunmen kidnapped a French aid worker off the streets of Kabul on Monday and killed an intelligence agency employee who tried to intervene, in the latest attack against Westerners in the Afghan capital.

Three assailants in a red Corolla blocked the roadway, then tried to grab two French aid workers on their way to work, officials said. After a scuffle they got away with only one, said Mohammad Daud Amin, a neighborhood police commander.

Iraq bombings targeting police, official kill 10

BAGHDAD - A series of bombings, including one that narrowly missed a senior Oil Ministry official and two that went off in a crowd during Baghdad's morning rush, killed 10 people on Monday, officials said.

Monday's explosions largely appeared to target Iraqi police, soldiers and officials rather than U.S. troops.

Two bombs - one of them hidden in a trash can - exploded in Tahariyat square in central Baghdad during the morning rush hour, killing six people, injuring 21 and damaging nearby shops in the predominantly Shiite neighborhood. Ten of the wounded were policemen.