India's first lunar probe lands

NEW DELHI - The first lunar probe from India landed successfully on the moon Friday as part of a two-year mission aimed at laying the groundwork for further Indian space expeditions, the Indian Space Research Organization said.

ISRO chairman G. Madhavan Nair said cameras on board have been transmitting images of the moon back to Indian space control, the Press Trust of India news agency reported.

Chief among the lunar mission's goals is mapping not only the surface of the moon, but what lies beneath.

Two reporters hurt in ambush

PESHAWAR, Pakistan - A gunman ambushed a Japanese reporter and an Afghan colleague Friday, wounding both men and their Pakistani driver in the latest attack on foreigners in Pakistan's volatile northwest region in three days.

Security appears to be crumbling in Peshawar, a city of 2 million where an Iranian diplomat was kidnapped Thursday and an American aid worker was killed Wednesday.

Motoki Yotsukura, Asahi Shimbun's bureau chief, was in a car with Sami Yousufzai, an Afghan who has worked for Western publications including Newsweek, when the assailant opened fire, police said.

Turbulence likely caused jet crash

MEXICO CITY - The turbulent wake of a large passenger plane likely caused the fatal crash of a government jet carrying Mexico's second most powerful official, the transportation secretary said Friday.

A preliminary investigation found the jet's pilots didn't immediately follow instructions to slow down and appeared to be nearly one nautical mile too close behind a Boeing 767-300 on the same flight path to Mexico City's international airport, Luis Tellez announced at a news conference.

Tellez said the planes were 4.15 nautical miles apart, and that international standards recommend at least 5 nautical miles to avoid dangerous wake turbulence.

Shiite clerics warn Iraqi gov't about US pact

BAGHDAD - Iraq's two most powerful Shiite clerics on Friday challenged the government's planned security pact with the United States, undercutting efforts to reach a deal before the U.N. mandate for American troops in Iraq expires Dec. 31.

Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr renewed threats to unleash his militia fighters to attack U.S. forces unless they leave Iraq immediately.