RUSSIA: 3 bound for space station
Three astronauts were to take off late Sunday night, returning a full crew to the International Space Station after the crash of a Russian cargo spaceship disrupted operations. NASA ended its 30-year shuttle program in July, leaving the 16 nations investing in the $100-billion space station to rely on Russia to ferry crews. The current three-man crew returns to Earth later this month. Meanwhile, Russian engineers were struggling to fix a probe bound for a moon of Mars that instead got stuck in Earth's orbit. Phobos-Grunt, launched Wednesday, reached preliminary orbit, but its engines never fired to send it off to the Red Planet. A satellite tracking website showed the Mars probe steadily losing altitude as it passed over Asia on Sunday afternoon.
LIBYA: Militia clashes continue
Rival militias clashed on the outskirts of Tripoli for a fourth day Sunday in the deadliest and most sustained violence since the capture and killing of Moammar Gadhafi last month. Fighters attacked each other with rockets, mortars and machine guns, witnesses said. The fighting, which has killed at least 13 people since late last week, raised new concerns about the ability of the transitional government to disarm thousands of gunmen and restore order after an eight-month civil war. Interim leader Mustafa Abdul-Jalil said the National Transitional Council brought together elders from the feuding areas -- the coastal city of Zawiya and the nearby tribal lands of Warshefana -- over the weekend and that the dispute has been resolved. But, as he spoke, fighting continued.
THAILAND: More told to flee floods
More Bangkok residents were being told to leave as floodwaters threaten the capital's southwestern neighborhoods. Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra said Sunday pumps were operating around the clock and more pumps were being added to help drain the water. Floodwaters were receding elsewhere.