MOGADISHU, Somalia - Pirates freed a Japanese tanker and its 22 crew members apparently unharmed off the Somali coast Wednesday, a U.S. Navy spokesman said. A man who claimed he was one of the pirates said a ransom was paid for the release.
ROME - Italy's truck drivers agreed Wednesday to call off a protest that has blocked highways for three days, causing shortages of gasoline, medicines and perishable foods across Italy, government officials said.
ATHENS, Greece - Tens of thousands of demonstrators jammed central Athens and the northern city of Thessaloniki on Wednesday as a general strike to protest government plans to reform the country's debt-ridden pension system brought Greece to a standstill.
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - More than 50 Taliban fighters who fled a key southern Afghan town were killed in a two-day battle as the militants tried to attack a nearby government center, the Defense Ministry said Wednesday.
NEW WESTMINSTER, British Columbia (AP) - Convicted serial killer Robert ''Willie'' Pickton won't be eligible for parole for a minimum of 25 years, the maximum penalty allowed by law, a judge ruled Tuesday after hearing gripping testimony from victims' relatives.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands - A Bosnian Serb general who ordered the relentless shelling, sniping and indiscriminate terror that rained down on Sarajevo during the final phase of a 44-month siege, was convicted of war crimes Wednesday and given a 33-year prison sentence.
SANTIAGO, Chile - A judge in southern Chile has sentenced a Catholic priest to recite seven psalms daily during three months as punishment for illegal parking.
JERUSALEM - A Palestinian rocket barrage, an Israeli army incursion in Gaza and a fresh land dispute in Jerusalem marred the first Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in seven years Wednesday.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Two Emirati men were sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in prison in the highly charged kidnapping and sexual assault of a French-Swiss teenage boy.
BALI, Indonesia - As the U.N. climate conference entered its last days, the United States encountered - and rejected - fresh demands Wednesday that it accept ambitious guidelines for negotiating future cuts in emissions of global-warming gases.
MADRID, Spain - Algeria has seen more than its fair share of Islamist attacks, but Tuesday's carnage was different. Never before has such a prominent Western site - U.N. offices - been struck with such deadly ferocity in the North African nation.
BAGHDAD - Three car bombs exploded in quick succession in the market district of a southern Iraqi city Wednesday, killing at least 41 people and injuring 150 in an oil-rich Shiite region that has largely escaped sectarian bloodshed, authorities said. It was the country's deadliest bombing in four months.
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - The government's intolerance of public dissent isn't easing ahead of next month's parliamentary elections, with TV executives warned they could go to jail and pay fines if they give the president's critics a live forum.
ALGIERS, Algeria - Truck bombs exploded minutes apart Tuesday in central Algiers, heavily damaging U.N. offices and partly ripping the facade off a government building. At least 26 people were killed, including U.N. workers, and scores were wounded, officials said.
KHAN YOUNIS, Gaza Strip - Israeli tanks and bulldozers pushed into the southern Gaza Strip on Tuesday, killing five Islamic militants and trapping hundreds of people in their homes, while another extremist died from an airstrike elsewhere in the territory.