Mortar shells hit Iraq prison, killing at least 5
BAGHDAD - Mortar shells slammed into an Interior Ministry prison Monday, killing at least five inmates and wounding 25, the U.S. military and Iraqi officials said. Separately, a fire broke out at one of Iraq's main refineries, but the U.S. said it was an industrial accident - not an attack, as Iraqi officials insisted.
Police and hospital officials said seven inmates were killed and 23 wounded when the mortar rounds hit a prison made up of several cellblocks, each containing prisoners accused of terrorism-related crimes or civil offenses. The U.S. military said five inmates died and 25 were injured.
Boat carrying migrants sinks, at least 43 dead
ANKARA, Turkey - A boat carrying illegal migrants sank off Turkey's Aegean coast and at least 43 died, an official said Monday.
The 50-foot boat sank in rough weather late Saturday off the coast of Seferihisar, a town south of the city of Izmir, said Gov. Orhan Sefik Guldibi. Six migrants were rescued and hospitalized, mostly for shock.
Citing survivors, the Coast Guard said a total of 85 people were on board.
Troops drive Taliban fighters from key town held by militants
KABUL, Afghanistan - Hundreds of Taliban fighters fled in trucks and motorbikes Monday as Afghan and international troops fought their way into the only important town controlled by the hard-line Islamic movement.
Afghan officers reported some militants, possibly al-Qaida, were still resisting in the center of Musa Qala, and said the attacking force controlled the southern town but was moving slowly toward the center because streets were boobytrapped with improvised bombs.
Argentina's first elected female president takes over for husband
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - Cristina Fernandez was sworn in Monday as Argentina's first elected female president, completing a rare husband-wife transfer of power that the nation hopes will ensure continued recovery from an economic meltdown.
Fernandez, whose husband Nestor Kirchner is credited with leading Argentina out of its 2001-02 economic meltdown, vowed to increase his center-left economic programs, create jobs and reduce high poverty levels.
- From wire reports