AFGHANISTAN

2 killed in Taliban assault

Two NATO service members were killed by insurgents in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, the Western military alliance said, the latest victims in a surge of Taliban attacks against foreign forces and Afghan civilians. The military coalition didn’t provide details about the assault or the nationalities of the dead.

ALGERIA

Aid workers evacuated

Spain says it is repatriating all of its aid workers and three other foreign nationals from refugee camps in Tindouf in western Algeria out of fear for their security. Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo said Saturday the decision was made after reviewing “well-founded evidence of a serious increase in insecurity in the region.” He said 12 Spaniards, two French nationals and an Italian will arrive in the Spanish capital, Madrid, by military aircraft early today. A Spanish and a Peruvian aid worker have already returned to Spain.

CHINA

Water project scrapped

Authorities in eastern China dropped plans for a wastewater discharge project Saturday after thousands of protesters angry about pollution took to the streets. It was the latest of many such confrontations in a country where three decades of rapid economic expansion have come at an environmental price. Some of the protesters in Qidong in Jiangsu province clashed with police and turned a patrol car on its side. After the protest Saturday, the Qidong government announced on its website that plans to build the water discharge project had been scrapped.

PERU

Climbers’ bodies found

Searchers have found the bodies of two U.S. mountaineers who died on their way down from a glacier-capped Peruvian peak in mid-July. Rescue coordinator Ted Alexander said a three-man team found the bodies of Gil Weiss, 29, and Ben Horne, 32, on Palcaraju in the Cordillera Blanca range Saturday. He said they died in a fall off a ridge after climbing the 20,000-foot west peak.

Compiled from wire reports.