WORLD IN BRIEF: Poland says flooding has killed 9 people

WARSAW, Poland — Authorities said flooding in Poland has killed nine people this week. Residents and officials in Warsaw are working to strengthen the capital’s flood defenses.

National police spokesman Mariusz Sokolowski said Friday the victims drowned in flooding that submerged some farms and residential areas in southern Poland following heavy rains.

Prime Minister Donald Tusk said the high water levels were receding slowly. Farther north, in Warsaw, water levels on the Vistula River were expected to peak Friday.

Residents of the capital were working with thousands of firefighters and police officers to strengthen dikes on the river with sandbags to protect areas that could be at risk — including the zoo.

Car bomb in Shiite town near capital kills 23

BAGHDAD — A car bomb exploded Friday at an open-air market crowded with shoppers in a Shiite town northeast of Baghdad, killing 23 people and wounding more than 50, Iraqi police and hospital officials said.

The bombing struck the town of Khalis, a Shiite enclave 50 miles north of Baghdad surrounded by the largely Sunni province of Diyala. It is a former al-Qaida in Iraq stronghold that has seen several powerful blasts, one a twin bombing on a restaurant in March that killed 57.

Most of those killed Friday were sitting in a cafe in the center of the market that was reduced to rubble.

No survivors found at Afghan airline crash site

KABUL, Afghanistan — Searchers found no survivors Friday among 44 people aboard an Afghan commercial airliner that crashed this week on a remote mountain north of the capital of Kabul, the aviation minister said.

The Antonov-24 operated by Pamir Airways disappeared Monday on a flight from Kunduz to Kabul. The wreckage was spotted Thursday by a search plane on a 13,500-foot mountain in Shakar Darah district north of Kabul.

Aviation Minister Mohammadullah Batash told the AP that ground searchers reached the site Friday but found no survivors.

Three Britons and one American were among eight foreign passengers on the plane along with nationals from Pakistan and Australia, according to chief aviation investigator Ghulam Farooq.