Officials: 3 killed in missile strike in Pakistan

DERA ISMAIL KHAN - Two Pakistani intelligence officials say a suspected U.S. missile strike has killed three people near a market close to the Afghan border.

The officials said the attack late Saturday was in Miran Shah in north Waziristan. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

The U.S. is suspected of launching missile strikes on alleged militant targets since mid-August, killing more than 100 people, most of them alleged militants, according to an Associated Press count based on Pakistani intelligence numbers.

The U.S. rarely confirms or denies the attacks. Pakistani leaders say the strikes violate their country's sovereignty. Osama bin Laden and other top al-Qaida leaders are believed to hiding out in the region.

N. Korea off US blacklist after nuke inspection deal with Bush

WASHINGTON - North Korea has agreed to all U.S. nuclear inspection demands and the Bush administration responded Saturday by removing the communist country from a terrorism blacklist. The breakthrough is intended to salvage a faltering disarmament accord before President Bush leaves office in January.

'Every single element of verification that we sought going in is part of this package,' State Department Sean McCormack said at a a rare weekend briefing.

North Korea will allow atomic experts to take samples and conduct forensic tests at all of its declared nuclear facilities and undeclared sites on mutual consent.

Austrian rightist dead in car crash

VIENNA, Austria - Joerg Haider, who catapulted his party into a powerful force in Austrian politics with a mix of folksy aphorisms, in-your-face attacks on rivals and provocative praise of the Nazi era, died Saturday in a car accident. He was 58.

His death on a little traveled stretch of southern Austrian highway left Austria without the politician best known outside the country - although the governor of Carinthia province never held a post in the national government.

Alone at the wheel, Haider was overtaking another motorist when his car veered off the road, crashing into a concrete pillar and overturning. He died of multiple injuries. Authorities said they do not suspect foul play, but are investigating.

Although he was commonly labeled a rightist, Haider was more a populist who defied categorization, often swiftly embracing positions at odds with his early reputation as an admirer of Nazi times and a hater of foreigners.

Another ship seized as pirates issue threat

MOGADISHU, Somalia - Armed pirates hijacked a massive tanker as world powers on Saturday headed toward the Somali coast to end a two-week standoff aboard a ship laden with tanks and weapons, officials said.

The latest ship to be seized, a Greek vessel flying a Panamanian flag, was traveling from Southeast Asia to Europe, said Noel Choong, head of the International Maritime Bureau's piracy reporting center in Kuala Lumpur. There were no further details on the ship, which was seized Friday.

Pirates who have been holding the Ukrainian MV Faina for two weeks have threatened to destroy the vessel unless a ransom is paid. Six U.S. warships are surrounding the Faina and a Russian frigate was heading toward the scene, raising the stakes for a possible commando-style raid on the ship.

Calls to the Odessa offices of the ship's operator, Tomex Corp., rang unanswered Saturday.

Afghan intel says attack on prison thwarted

KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghanistan's intelligence service said Saturday it broke up a Taliban plot to attack the country's most notorious prison with a wave of suicide bombers, while the government named a new interior minister to lead the country's fledgling police.

The thwarted attack on the Policharki prison on the outskirts of the capital, Kabul, was meant to free Taliban and criminal prisoners, the Afghan intelligence service said in a statement.

The attack would have mirrored a massive assault in June on a prison in Kandahar - the country's second largest city and the spiritual home of the Taliban - that freed almost 900 prisoners, including about 400 Taliban fighters.