KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The radical Islamic Taliban militia announced on Wednesday that it will put on trial eight foreign aid workers, including two Americans, arrested on charges of preaching Christianity.
"After the investigation is completed, the case will go to court and the court will decide according to Shariat," or Islamic law, Foreign Minister Wakil Ahmed Muttawakil told the Taliban's official Bakhtar News Agency.
The foreigners -- two American women, four Germans and two Australians -- have been held for more than three weeks. They are members of a German-based Christian organization, Shelter Now International, and were arrested along with 16 Afghan employees.
After repeated delays, Japan's
first H2-A rocket blasts off
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan launched its first H2-A rocket on Wednesday, putting a once-promising rocket program "back on track" after years of problems.
The domestically developed rocket roared off a launchpad from a small southern island on Wednesday, carrying a monitoring device to its destination more than 1,000 miles above the earth's surface within 40 minutes, as expected.
The National Space Development Agency launched the $71 million H2-A into clear skies three hours later than scheduled because of a malfunction in a device designed to indicate whether a pipe to the rocket's fuel tank was connected properly.
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