Eleven U.S. soldiers charged with assault

Sunday, July 17, 2005

BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Eleven American soldiers have been charged with violation of military law in connection with alleged assaults on suspected insurgents captured in the Baghdad area, the U.S. command announced Saturday. A U.S. statement said the charges, which were filed Wednesday, followed a complaint by a soldier assigned to Task Force Baghdad that "other soldiers had allegedly assaulted some suspected terrorists." Names of the soldiers and their unit were not released, and the statement gave no further details of the alleged assaults.

Indonesia, separatists reach tentative agreement

HELSINKI, Finland -- The Indonesian government and separatist Aceh rebels reached a tentative agreement Saturday to end one of the world's longest-running wars, negotiators from both sides said. The draft accord, which hinged on an agreement to allow the separatist Free Aceh Movement to form its own political party, will have to be approved by the Indonesian government before the two sides can initial it. The rebels have agreed to set aside their demand for independence but insist the government give them the right to form a local political party in Aceh, an oil- and gas-rich province at the tip of Sumatra island that has been wracked by a separatist conflict since 1976 and was ravaged by the Asian tsunami on Dec. 26.

Bomb explodes on bus in Turkish resort town

ANKARA, Turkey -- A bomb destroyed a minibus Saturday near a popular Aegean Sea beach in western Turkey, killing five people, including tourists from Britain and Ireland, and wounding 13. The British Foreign Office in London said one British citizen was killed and five others were injured. The blast tore off the bus' roof and sides as it traveled through the town square, just a few yards from the shore.

-- From wire reports

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