KABUL, Afghanistan -- In the first major attack in Kabul since July, insurgents struck at an international convoy Friday as it passed a heavily fortified residential compound, killing at least two Afghans who were in the area and wounding at least four others, officials said.
Suicide attackers detonated a car bomb around 5 p.m. near the entrance to Green Village, a compound in eastern Kabul that houses U.S. military contractors, European diplomats and U.N. employees, as the vehicles were passing by. After the initial assault, insurgents attacked the compound, though officials said they were unable to breach its security.
It was the second effort to target coalition forces Friday. Earlier, a suicide bomber riding a motorcycle blew himself up near a convoy of coalition vehicles in the Bagram district of Parwan province, an attack that failed to inflict any damage. The insurgent group Hezb-i-Islami claimed responsibility for that attack.
12 Yemeni troops slain
SANAA, Yemen -- In the latest attack by suspected al-Qaida militants in a former stronghold, an explosives-laden vehicle blew up inside a military base in southern Yemen on Friday, killing an estimated 12 soldiers and injuring more than a dozen others, officials said.
Ranking military officers were believed to be among the dead in the blast in Abyan province, and the camp's commander was among the injured.
Yemen has for months been roiled by violence blamed on al-Qaida militants and secessionist movements, which has shaken its fragile government.
China faults Japan's PM
TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe drew criticism from China for sending an offering to a Tokyo shrine during the autumn festival, a move the People's Daily said was the same as visiting in person.
Internal affairs minister Yoshitaka Shindo paid his respects at the Yasukuni shrine Friday and about 160 lawmakers visited as a group, Kyodo News reported. Mr. Abe sent a traditional "masakaki" offering.
Visits by Japanese leaders to the shrine, which honors the country's war dead including World War II leaders convicted as Class A war criminals, spark anger in parts of Asia that suffered under Japanese occupation.
India nabs 35 on U.S. ship
NEW DELHI -- Indian police say they arrested 35 people aboard a U.S.-owned ship Friday and charged them with entering India's waters with a large cache of weapons.
Indian officials say the MV Seaman Guard Ohio, reportedly flying the Sierra Leone flag, was detained a week ago and was anchored Friday in the port of Tuticorin in southern Tamil Nadu state.
The ship's owner, Washington-based security company AdvanFort, downplayed the incident in a short press statement amid questions of why it reportedly failed to declare the weapons in Indian waters, as required.
Dutch court allows dog tax
AMSTERDAM -- The Netherlands' Supreme Court on Friday overturned a lower court's decision that the southern municipality of Sittard-Geleen illegally discriminated against owners of man's best friend by levying a dog tax.
Opponents of the tax argued it was unfair to levy fees on them as opposed to people who don't own dogs because the money raised goes into the general budget of municipalities. But the Supreme Court said municipalities are entitled to tax dog ownership because they have to pick up the bill for keeping public areas clean.
First Published October 18, 2013 8:00 PM