Iran tests missile that can hit Israel

TEHRAN, Iran - Iran test-fired a missile capable of striking Israel, U.S. Mideast bases and Europe on Wednesday - a show of strength touted by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as he battles for re-election next month against more moderate opponents.

The U.S. responded by saying Iran must choose between destabilizing the Middle East or accepting the dialogue offered by President Barack Obama.

US: 30 Afghan civilians died in bombing

KABUL - Video evidence recorded by fighter jets and the account of the ground commander suggest no more than 30 civilians were killed in a two-day battle in western Afghanistan this month, the U.S. military said Wednesday, a stark contrast with Afghan claims that 140 civilians died.

The footage shows insurgents streaming into homes that were later bombed, said Col. Greg Julian, the chief U.S. military spokesman in Afghanistan. He said ground troops observed some 300 villagers flee in advance of the fighting, indicating that not many could have been inside the bombed compounds.

Indonesian plane crashes; at least 98 dead

MAGETAN, Indonesia - An Indonesian military plane carrying troops and their families caught fire and nose-dived into a residential neighborhood Wednesday, killing 98 people and putting the spotlight back on the country's poor aviation safety record.

More than a dozen people were injured, many with severe burns.

Survivors said they heard at least two loud explosions and felt the C-130 Hercules wobbling from left to right as it careened to the ground.

Car bomb blast kills 41, injures 70 in Baghdad

BAGHDAD - A car bomb exploded Wednesday near several restaurants in a Shiite neighborhood of northwest Baghdad, killing 41 people and injuring more than 70, police and hospital officials said.

No group claimed responsibility for the horrific blast but the style and location of the attack suggested it was carried out by Sunni extremists, such as al-Qaida in Iraq, in an apparent bid to rekindle sectarian warfare as the U.S. draws down forces in the capital.