- The Washington Times - Friday, November 25, 2005

AFGHANISTAN

4 Swedish soldiers injured in blast

MAZAR-I-SHARIF — Four Swedish soldiers with the NATO-led mission were wounded in an attack on their convoy in northern Afghanistan yesterday, officials said.

The blast occurred as the peacekeepers drove back from a sports event on the outskirts of the city of Mazar-i-Sharif, they said.

The Swedish Defense Ministry in Stockholm said the explosion was from a remote-controlled bomb, which wrecked one vehicle in a column of five belonging to the Swedish force.



Three peacekeeping soldiers have been killed in separate incidents during the past month, including a suicide attack in Kabul. One British peacekeeper was killed when gunmen fired on their vehicle inside Mazar city last month.

PAKISTAN

Actress Jolie appeals for urgent aid delivery

ISLAMABAD — Fresh from a tour of Pakistan’s devastated earthquake zone, actress and U.N. goodwill ambassador Angelina Jolie yesterday pleaded for swift aid to avoid a new humanitarian disaster in Pakistan with the onset of the brutal Himalayan cold.

Accompanied by actor Brad Pitt, Miss Jolie visited a mostly destroyed town and a camp for survivors of the Oct. 8 quake, which killed an estimated 86,000 Pakistanis and destroyed the homes of more than 3 million.

INDIA

Buses washed away by southern floods

BANGALORE — Two crowded buses were washed away by floodwaters yesterday in southern India, killing 30 persons and leaving another 30 missing and feared drowned, officials said.

Ten persons were confirmed killed in one bus that was swept away near Pattukkottai town, about 186 miles southwest of Madras, the capital of Tamil Nadu state. About three hours earlier, flooding washed away a bus carrying an estimated 75 people across a flooded bridge in nearby Ramanathapuram district, killing at least 20.

The driver and the conductor were among the 25 persons found alive, and both were arrested for defying a police order against trying to cross a bridge across a river.

Weekly notes

More than 30,000 people defied a government ban to take part in an anti-monarchy rally organized by a communist group in western Nepal yesterday. The protesters in Pokhra, 140 miles west of the capital, Katmandu, demanded that the impoverished Himalayan kingdom become a republic. … In Bangladesh, thousands of women, mostly employees at garment factories, rallied in the capital, Dhaka yesterday to demand that developed nations open their doors to workers and products from poor nations.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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