First Turkish activists’ plane lands
ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey’s state-run television said an ambulance plane carrying activists wounded in Israel’s deadly raid against Gaza-bound aid ships is the first to land in Turkey.
TRT television said the plane — carrying one Turkish and one Irish wounded activist — arrived at an air base in Ankara on Wednesday.
The injured are to be taken to a hospital.
Hundreds of other activists were expected to arrive in Istanbul later on Wednesday.
Israeli Interior Ministry spokeswoman Sabine Haddad said earlier that five planes with 503 activists involved in the raid had taken off for Turkey and Greece. But she later corrected that.
Militants attack Afghan peace conference
KABUL, Afghanistan — The thump of rockets and the rattle of gunfire punctuated President Hamid Karzai’s speech opening a national conference Wednesday where delegates were divided over whether to negotiate peace with Taliban leaders to end nearly nine years of war.
Taliban fighters wearing suicide vests fired at the tent holding some 1,500 dignitaries, lawmakers and civil society activists, triggering a battle with security forces that killed at least two militants. Three civilians, but no delegates, were wounded.
Holloway suspect sought in Peru murder
LIMA, Peru — A young Dutchman previously arrested in the 2005 disappearance of Alabama teen Natalee Holloway is the prime suspect in a weekend murder of a Peruvian woman, police said Wednesday.
Joran van der Sloot is being sought in the Sunday killing of 21-year-old Stephany Flores in a Lima hotel, Criminal police chief Gen. Cesar Guardia told a news conference. He said the suspect fled the country the next day by land to Chile.
The Dutch government said Interpol has issued an international arrest warrant for Van der Sloot.
Guardia said the 22-year-old Dutchman, who was in the country for a poker tournament, appears with the young woman in a video taken at a Lima casino early Sunday.
The killing occurred exactly five years after the May 30, 2005, disappearance of Holloway in Aruba.