5 police die in attack on Afghan compound

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Three Taliban suicide bombers evaded tight security to attack a governor's compound in southern Afghanistan, killing at least five police officers Saturday, authorities said.

The multi-pronged assault was the latest bold attack in Kandahar, the country's largest southern city and the Taliban's spiritual birthplace.

The three bombers were able to get past a first security checkpoint in the Kandahar governor's compound, and one bomber set off his explosives at a second checkpoint, said Ahmad Wali Karzai, the president's brother and the head of the provincial council.

Iraq ups security after bombings

BAGHDAD - Iraq tightened security Saturday at major Shiite shrines in response to two days of suicide attacks targeting worshippers - including one at a revered Baghdad tomb that was the single deadliest bombing in the country this year.

More than 150 people, many of them Iranian pilgrims, died in the attacks Thursday and Friday.

The increase in attacks in recent weeks has raised questions about the abilities of Iraq's security forces, and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton met with Iraqi leaders Saturday in Baghdad to assure continued American support even as it moves toward withdrawing its troops.

Navy: German ship seized by Somali pirates

NAIROBI, Kenya - Pirates have seized a German-owned ship in the pirate-infested waters between Somalia and Yemen, a U.S. Navy spokesman said Saturday.

Pirates captured the Maltese-flagged MV Patriot early on Saturday in the Gulf of Aden about 150 nautical miles southeast of the coastal Yemeni city of Muqalla, said U.S. Navy 5th Fleet spokesman Lt. Nathan Christensen.

An official from the German Foreign Ministry could not immediately confirm the ship's capture on Saturday.

North Korea says it restarted nuclear facilities

SEOUL, South Korea - North Korea said Saturday it has begun harvesting plutonium from spent fuel rods at its main nuclear plant to build up its atomic arsenal. The move, in defiance of tightening U.N. sanctions, threatened to further damage efforts to dismantle the communist nation's rogue program.

North Korea carried out a nuclear test in 2006 and is thought to have enough weaponized plutonium to make more than half a dozen atomic bombs.