NKorea violates SKorean waters
SEOUL, South Korea - South Korea said a North Korean patrol boat entered its waters around their disputed maritime border Thursday but backed off after nearly an hour following repeated warnings. A senior American diplomat meanwhile cautioned Pyongyang that its bad behavior would no longer be ignored.
The naval standoff came amid concerns that the North might try to provoke an armed clash in the area - the scene of deadly naval skirmishes in 1999 and 2002 - to stoke tensions that were already running high after Pyongyang's nuclear test and a barrage of missile launches last week.
The regime has also conducted amphibious assault exercises near the sea boundary and appeared to be preparing for more missile tests.
Taliban kill 3 US soldiers in Afghanistan
KABUL - Taliban militants detonated a bomb and opened fire on a vehicle carrying U.S. soldiers on Thursday, killing three of them, as President Barack Obama said he did not want to keep American troops in Afghanistan longer than necessary.
The ambush took place not far from the main U.S. base in Bagram, just north of the capital Kabul. It was the third strike by insurgents in the region in less than a week, part of a surge in violence eight years after the U.S invaded to oust the Taliban regime.
Thursday's attack took place in Kapisa province, near to the Bagram base that is home to thousands of troops and the U.S. command, the military said in a statement.
Skeleton of mammoth unearthed
BELGRADE, Serbia - A well-preserved skeleton of a mammoth that is believed to be about 1 million years old has been unearthed in eastern Serbia, archaeologists said Thursday.
The discovery was made during excavation two days ago at an open-pit coal mine near Kostolac power plant, said Miomir Korac, from Serbia's Archaeology Institute.
The skeleton was found 89 feet below ground, he said. The mammoth was more than 13 feet high, 16 feet long and weighed more than 10 tons.
'It is very well-preserved with only slight damage to the skull and the tusks,' Korac said.