** Reports: Japan to Buy Disputed East China Sea Islands**
Japan's government has agreed to buy a group of East China Sea islands at the center of a heated territorial dispute with China.
Japanese media reported Wednesday that the central government will pay private Japanese landowners $26 million for the three main islands in the chain, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China.
The mostly uninhabited islands are controlled by Japan, but claimed by China and Taiwan. They sit on top of what are thought to be vast oil deposits and have a long history of straining relations between China and Japan.
**Suicide Blast in Afghanistan Kills 25 **
Authorities say a suicide bombing killed 25 people in eastern Afghanistan Tuesday, in one of the deadliest attacks on civilians in recent weeks.
The attacker struck a funeral for a tribal elder in the remote Dur Baba district of Nangarhar Province.
Officials say the district governor, Hamisha Gul, was the probable target. He was among the more than 50 people wounded in the blast. Police say the governor's son was killed.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but the Taliban is known to target Afghan government officials.