LIBYA

Four U.S. diplomats detained

Four U.S. diplomats have been detained in Libya and were in the Libyan government’s custody, a U.S. official said Friday. The circumstances of their detention were not clear. Photographs of two U.S. passports and embassy identity cards were later disseminated on Twitter. The U.S. State Department had no immediate comment.

SOUTH SUDAN

Doubts hover over cease-fire

South Sudan’s government agreed Friday at a meeting of East African leaders to end hostilities against rebels accused of trying to overthrow the young country, but the cease-fire was quickly thrown into doubt because the head of the rebellion was not invited. An army spokesman suggested the fighting could go on despite the politicians’ announcement.

AUSTRALIA

African envoy seeks asylum

Zimbabwe’s ambassador to Australia has asked the Australian government for asylum, saying she fears for her safety and believes Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe’s government is “illegitimate,” media reported Saturday. Mugabe, who has led Zimbabwe since independence from British rule in 1980, won a disputed election in July amid allegations by opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai of widespread rigging and fraud. Mugabe denies the accusations.

HONDURAS

U.S.-born spa owner killed

The great-granddaughter of heiress and socialite Marjorie Merriweather Post has been found slain at her luxury spa resort on the Caribbean island of Roatan, Honduras police said Friday. Roatan police chief Alex Madrid said Nedenia Post Dye was found stabbed in her room on Dec. 22. He said police had arrested a local singer whom Dye was helping quit drugs. The suspect, Lenin Roberto Arana, told police that he and Dye, 46, had been romantically involved. Madrid said Dye, of Santa Monica Calif., had been living for 15 years on Roatan, where she ran the Baan Suerte luxury spa. Her great-grandmother inherited the cereal company that would become General Foods Inc.

Compiled from wire reports.