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Afghanistan bomb leaves 14 dead

GARDEZ, Afghanistan — A suicide bomber apparently targeting a U.S. convoy killed 14 people and wounded 31 in a crowded eastern Afghan market Sunday, witnesses and officials said said.

The powerful explosion in the city of Gardez damaged around 30 shops, shattering windows and destroying the closest stores.

Witnesses said a U.S. convoy appeared to be the target. Maj. William Mitchell, a spokesman for NATOís International Security Assistance Force, said there were initial reports of injuries to ISAF soldiers.

Pennsylvania crash kills 2, injures 32

CLEARFIELD, Pa. — A bus veered off a highway and crashed in central Pennsylvania early Sunday, killing two people and injuring 32 others, authorities said.

The bus was traveling eastbound on Interstate 80 with 35 people on board when it crashed six miles west of Clearfield at about 3:30 a.m., state police said.

ďIt appears that the bus, and we donít know why, did leave the roadway, and came back on, and the bus did eventually wind up on its side,Ē state Department of Transportation spokeswoman Marla Fannin said.

Officer dies after Idaho shootings

MOSCOW, Idaho — A sniper sprayed dozens of bullets on a courthouse in an attack that left one dead and two wounded, then hid in a nearby church for several hours before police stormed in Sunday and found his body and another manís inside, police said.

The shooting began late Saturday, fatally wounding one officer and injuring another and a civilian, said David Duke, Moscowís assistant police chief.

Duke said the attack was apparently an ambush, with the gunman firing into the Latah County Courthouse to lure people into his line of fire.

Israeli airstrike hits lawmakerís home

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israelís air force fired a missile at a house in Gaza City late Sunday, killing at least eight people, residents and hospital officials said. The strike followed a decision to step up attacks against Islamic militants in response to rocket fire from Gaza.

Israeli air attacks on militant targets earlier in the day killed another three Palestinians.

The attack on the house was the deadliest airstrike since Israel started reprisals Tuesday for the rocket barrages.

The house belonged to Hamas lawmaker Khalil al-Haya.

Official claims Iran
nuclear progress

TEHRAN, Iran — The head of Iranís nuclear effort said Sunday that the republicís nuclear program was moving ahead as scheduled and reiterated that Tehran would not suspend uranium enrichment, the countryís official news agency reported.

The comments by Reza Aqa-zadeh, vice president and head of Iranís Atomic Energy Organization, came just days before the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency is expected to submit its latest report on Iranís nuclear program to the U.N. Security Council.

39 killed as forces clash in Lebanon

TRIPOLI, Lebanon — Lebanese army tanks pounded a shadowy group suspected of ties to al-Qaida on Sunday, targeting its hideouts inside a Palestinian refugee camp after hours of clashes killed at least 22 soldiers and 17 militants.

The violence between the Fatah Islam group and the army erupted both in the port city of Tripoli and the adjacent Nahr el-Bared refugee camp.

It added further instability to a country already mired in its worst political crisis between the Western-backed government and Hezbollah-led opposition since the end of the 1975-90 Lebanese civil war.

compiled from wire reports

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