WORLD IN BRIEF: Haitians flee as aftershock hits

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- A powerful aftershock sent Haitians screaming into the streets on Wednesday, collapsing buildings, cracking roads and adding to the trauma of a nation stunned by an apocalyptic quake eight days ago.

The magnitude-5.9 jolt matched the strongest of the aftershocks that have followed the huge quake of Jan. 12 that devastated Haiti's capital.

The new temblor collapsed seven buildings in Petit-Goave, the seaside town closest to the epicenter, according to Mike Morton of the U.N. Disaster Assessment and Coordination agency.

Over 200 dead in Nigeria violence

JOS, Nigeria -- Charred bodies with scorched hands reaching skyward lay in the streets and a mosque with blackened minarets smoldered Wednesday after several days of fighting between Christians and Muslims killed more than 200 people.

Sectarian violence in this central region of Nigeria has left thousands dead over the past decade, and the latest outbreak that began Sunday came despite the government's efforts to quell religious extremism in the West African country.

Jos was mostly calm Wednesday, though many terrified civilians kept indoors while soldiers patrolled the streets.

Afghans plan security increase

KABUL -- The Afghan government and its international partners agreed Wednesday to significantly increase the country's security forces and outlined plans to lure Taliban militants from the fight in a bid to turn the tide of the war.

A joint panel of officials from Afghanistan, the U.N. and troop-contributing nations approved plans to train more than 100,000 more security forces by the end of next year.

The decision comes ahead of a Jan. 28 conference in London, which is aimed at boosting international support for Afghanistan in the face of a resurgent Taliban and complaints about runaway corruption in President Hamid Karzai's government.

4 tortured bodies found in Mexico

ACAPULCO, Mexico -- Mexican state police say they found the tortured bodies of four young men in the back of an abandoned car, along with a written message accusing them of betraying drug cartel bosses.

Police in the southern coastal state of Guerrero say they found the bodies near a hotel in the city of Chilpancingo Tuesday night. A police report says the men appear to have been asphyxiated by plastic tape covering their faces.