Rwanda arrests Congo rebel leader Laurent Nkunda

KINSHASA, Congo - In a stunning reversal of alliances, Rwandan troops captured Congo's most powerful rebel leader, Laurent Nkunda, a longtime ally who the Congolese government says was at the heart of years of war in the east, officials said Friday.

Rwanda detained Nkunda apparently as part of an agreement with Congo that opened the way for thousands of Rwandan soldiers to cross the border this week in a joint operation to hunt down Rwandan Hutu militiamen.

Iraq repeats pledge to close camp for group opposing Iran

TEHRAN, Iran - A senior Iraqi official said his government's decision to close a camp for members of an Iranian opposition group was 'irreversible' because authorities do not tolerate anti-Iranian activities on their soil.

National security adviser Mouwaffak al-Rubaie said during a visit to Tehran that members of the People's Mujahedeen - known as the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq - will be given the option of going back to Iran or going to a third country.

Suspected US missile strike leaves 18 dead in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Suspected U.S. missiles killed 18 people on the Pakistan side of the Afghan border Friday, security officials said, the first attacks on the al-Qaida stronghold since President Barack Obama took office.

At least five foreign militants were among those killed in the strikes by unmanned aircraft in two parts of the frontier region, an intelligence official said without naming them. There was no information on the identities of the others.

Iceland PM calls national elections

REYKJAVIK, Iceland - Facing serious health problems and an economic crisis, Prime Minister Geir Haarde called Friday for early national elections, making his government a dramatic victim of the financial calamity gripping much of the globe.

Haarde, faced with mounting daily protests, said he plans to call elections May 9. He said he would not seek re-election because doctors found a malignant tumor in his throat last week.