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CAR BOMB KILLS 1, INJURES 4 IN KANDAHAR

Afghanistan

A car bomb exploded near a police compound Tuesday in southern Afghanistan, killing at least one civilian and wounding four, a police official said. It was the third attack in Kandahar province in as many days. More than 100 people were killed by a suicide bomber just outside Kandahar city Sunday, while 38 died Monday at a market near the border with Pakistan when a suicide car bomb targeted a Canadian military convoy. In Tuesday's attack, the car bomb was apparently triggered remotely, police said.

South Korea

U.S., North Korea hold nuclear talks

North Korea and U.S. negotiators met Tuesday for the first time in two months, with Pyongyang expressing interest in resuming the stalled process to eliminate its nuclear programs, the main U.S. envoy said. Speaking in South Korea, Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill said he and North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan had "a good substantial discussion" in Beijing but no breakthroughs were made. The disarmament process has come to a virtual halt over differences on whether the North has fully accounted for its nuclear facilities.

-A South Korean army helicopter crashed into a mountain near Seoul early today, killing all seven people on board, an army officer said.

ISRAEL

Abbas, Olmert get together again

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert held their latest peace talks Tuesday, but there was no sign of progress. Olmert and Abbas have met twice a month since attending the U.S.-sponsored peace conference in Annapolis, Md., in November, with the goal of achieving a peace treaty before the end of this year. In clashes Tuesday, a 10-year-old boy was killed during an exchange of fire between Gaza militants and Israeli forces, Palestinians said. It was unclear who shot him. Also, Israeli soldiers killed an armed Palestinian who was approaching the border.

Britain

17th suicide victim reported in village

The body of a teenage girl was found hanging in the woods of a Welsh village Tuesday, and authorities said it was the 17th suicide of a young person in just over a year near one town in South Wales. No evidence has been found of a suicide pact or a cult responsible for the string of deaths, police said. All of the suicides happened in or around Bridgend, nearly 20 miles west of Cardiff.

Armenia

Premier leads vote for presidency

Early results in Armenia's presidential election Tuesday gave a strong lead to Prime Minister Serge Sarkisian and put him on track to win the post without a runoff, officials said. With half of the ballots counted, Sarkisian had 55 percent, the Central Election Commission said. Former President Levon Ter-Petrosian was second in the field of nine, with 19 percent. Outgoing President Robert Kocharian supports Sarkisian.

Elsewhere

Russia: A former nuclear energy minister who has been charged in the United States with stealing $9-million in American aid intended to improve Russia's nuclear security was found guilty in a Moscow court on Tuesday of embezzlement and abuse of office. Yevgeny Adamov was convicted with two other former Russian nuclear energy officials.

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