Argentine astronomer dies

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - Pedro Elias Zadunaisky, an Argentine astronomer and mathematician whose calculations helped determine the orbit of Saturn's outermost moon, Phoebe, as well as Halley's Comet, died Wednesday. He was 91.

Zadunaisky was a pioneer in celestial mechanics, applying mathematical models to determine how gravity and other forces alter the orbits of other objects in the solar system.

Diplomats urge return of ousted Honduran pres.

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras - Diplomats from around the hemisphere flew into Honduras on Wednesday and told the coup-imposed government to reinstate President Manuel Zelaya and restore democracy to the impoverished Central American country.

'We are not here to create a debate. We are here to find concrete solutions to a situation that cannot be prolonged,' Jose Miguel Insulza, the secretary general of the Organization of American States, said as talks began in the capital, Tegucigalpa.

Zelaya gave the negotiators an ultimatum, calling for the postponement of Nov. 29 presidential elections if he is not restored to office before Oct. 15.

French capture Somali pirates

PARIS - Somali pirates in two skiffs fired on a French navy vessel early Wednesday after apparently mistaking it for a commercial boat, the French military said. The French ship gave chase and captured five suspected pirates.

No one was wounded by the volleys from the Kalashnikov rifles directed at La Somme, a 3,800-ton refueling ship, French military spokesman Rear Adm. Christophe Prazuck said.

La Somme 'was probably taken for a commercial ship by the two small skiffs' about 250 nautical miles off Somalia's coast, Prazuck said.

'They understood their mistake too late,' he said.

Taliban: We're not a threat

KABUL - Afghanistan's insurgent Taliban marked the eighth anniversary of the U.S. invasion Wednesday saying they have no 'agenda' to harm other countries but would continue fighting as long as America and its allies remain in the troubled nation.

The Taliban insistence that it would pose no threat to other countries appeared aimed at countering suspicions that the Islamist movement would support al-Qaida's global jihad.