Bomber hits key Pakistani border crossing

PESHAWAR, Pakistan - A suicide bomber attacked the main border crossing for convoys ferrying supplies to U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan on Thursday, killing at least 19 security officers, officials said.

The strike will raise fears the Pakistani Taliban is regrouping and making good on its word to carry out revenge attacks following the slaying of its leader, Baitullah Mehsud, in a CIA missile strike earlier this month.

2nd man killed in office probing reporter's death

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico - Gunmen killed the aide of a Mexican federal agent investigating the death of a crime reporter - a month after the first agent assigned to the case was shot dead, authorities said Thursday.

The bullet-riddled body of Pablo Pasillas, 33, was found Wednesday next to a car in the northern border city of Ciudad Juarez, said Angel Torres, a spokesman for the federal Attorney General's Office.

Pasillas was secretary to the agent recently appointed to investigate the Nov. 13 killing of Armando Rodriguez, a veteran crime reporter for the newspaper El Diario, Torres said.

Pilot dies after plane crashes in Greece

ATHENS, Greece - Greece mourned its first death Thursday from a string of devastating summer wildfires, when a small water-dropping plane crashed during an island firefighting operation, killing the pilot.

The accident came a day after firefighters put out a massive blaze that had ravaged forests and communities just north of Athens, destroying or damaging nearly 300 buildings - most of them homes.

Doubts cast on authenticity of Picasso in Iraq

BAGHDAD - Authorities in the art world cast doubt Thursday on the authenticity of an alleged Picasso painting that was seized by Iraqi police south of Baghdad.

A painting called 'The Naked Woman' that police claimed was painted by Picasso was seized near the southern city of Hillah on Tuesday after the man allegedly tried to sell it for $450,000.

Iraqi police said the painting appeared to have been stolen from Kuwait following Saddam Hussein's 1990 invasion.

- From wire reports