WASHINGTON (AP) -- An Alabama man was kidnapped for ransom in Afghanistan while delivering medical supplies last week, his wife told government officials.
The woman reported the abduction to the State Department and the office of Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., a longtime friend. A State Department official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the report is being investigated.
Rick Dykema, Rohrabacher's chief of staff, identified the man as Clark Russell Bowers, 37, of Harvest, Ala. He said he spoke to Bowers' wife on Monday.
Bombing destroys mountain complex
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- After days of intensive airstrikes, the U.S. military stopped bombing a mountain honeycombed with suspected terrorist hideouts Tuesday, enabling civilians living nearby who had fled the onslaught to return to their homes, many smashed into rubble.
U.S. officials in Washington said the military was now seeking new targets in its hunt for die-hard supporters of Osama bin Laden and his Taliban allies.
The military said its airstrikes destroyed the complex, flattening 60 buildings and sealing about 50 caves. In Saidgi, the Pakistani town across the border, Afghan refugees who had fled the bombings said many of the buildings were their homes.
Abdullah Gorbaz, 52, said at least 12 civilians were killed and cattle herds were decimated.
West Bank militia leader killed
TULKAREM, West Bank (AP) -- The two largest Palestinian factions, Fatah and Hamas, said Tuesday they will stick to a truce despite the death of a West Bank militia leader in a bomb explosion widely attributed to Israel.
However, supporters of Raed Karmi took revenge just hours after his death Monday, killing an Israeli soldier and wounding an officer who had left their armored personnel carrier to question two Palestinians at a checkpoint.
Also Tuesday, the body of an Israeli man was found in a bullet-riddled car in the Palestinian town of Beit Sahour, Palestinian security officials said.
Duhalde defends banking freeze
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Facing new street protests, President Eduardo Duhalde defended a banking freeze Tuesday as the only way to protect Argentine savings but promised he was trying to find ways to ease the hated clampdown.
Thousands of demonstrators marched through the capital to demand public works jobs to help blunt the effects of an 18.3 percent jobless rate brought on by the most destructive recession in memory.
"We want 100,000 jobs now!" the protesters chanted, recalling a government pledge to create tens of thousands of jobs cleaning highways, parks and performing other mostly menial work as a way to reactivate an economy in a four-year tailspin.
Duhalde, in his first encounter with foreign journalists since taking power Jan. 2, did not say what steps he was considering to open up access to the frozen savings accounts, but acknowledged that Argentina's teetering financial system was near paralysis.
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