Report: More than 1,000 killed in Congo

JOHANNESBURG - More than 1,000 civilians have been killed and nearly 900,000 displaced in eastern Congo by Rwandan Hutu militiamen and Congolese forces since January, humanitarian groups said Tuesday.

The report released by a coalition of 84 organizations said that many of the killings were carried out by Rwandan Hutu militiamen. Congolese government soldiers also have targeted civilians, the report said.

A Congolese military operation has been aimed at forcing out the Rwandan Hutu militiamen, many of whom sought refuge in neighboring Congo after participating in Rwanda's 1994 genocide.

Pakistani jets soften up militant targets

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan - Pakistani jets softened up militant targets along the Afghan border Tuesday ahead of what the government promises will be a ground offensive into the Taliban's main stronghold, authorities said.

The government's resolve to send large numbers of troops on a risky operation into mountainous South Waziristan has deepened after a week of attacks around the country.

Iraqi police: 8 killed in blast near Baghdad

BAGHDAD - A suicide bomber killed the leader of a U.S.-backed Sunni paramilitary group and seven others north of Baghdad Tuesday, the third attack in as many days in a heavily populated Sunni area, a police official said.

The bombing hit a market in the town of Buhriz, a former Saddam Hussein stronghold that was also the scene of an attack on Monday that killed the mayor.

Exploding shell caused blast at Hezbollah home

BEIRUT - A blast at a Hezbollah member's home in southern Lebanon was caused by an exploding shell and injured one person, Lebanon's army said Tuesday.

Monday night's explosion occurred in a garage, and Lebanese security officials said the building might have been used to store weapons - a violation of the U.N. resolution that ended the monthlong war between Israel and Hezbollah in 2006.