** Taiwan Begins Military Drills Near Philippines to Protest Fisherman's Death**
A diplomatic dispute between Taiwan and the Philippines intensified Thursday, as Taipei began a military exercise in the disputed waters between both countries.
The air and naval drills in the Bashi Channel come a week after the Philippines Coast Guard shot dead a 65-year-old Taiwanese fisherman, prompting outrage in Taiwan.
The family of the fisherman and Taiwanese officials have refused to meet the Philippine president's personal representative who was sent to Taiwan to apologize for the death.
Taiwan's premier Jiang Yi-huah rejected the apology of President Benigno Aquino because it referred to the shooting as "unfortunate" and "unintentional." Taiwan also rejected an earlier statement of regret by a lower-ranking official.
**At Least 5 Killed in Kabul Blast**
Afghan police say a suicide car bomber has targeted a convoy of foreign military vehicles in the capital, killing at least five Afghan civilians and wounding several others.
The Hezb-e-Islami insurgent group has claimed responsibility for the Thursday morning attack in Kabul. A spokesman for the group said American advisers were the targets.
NATO's International Security Assistance Force said it was aware of the explosion and was looking into reports of casualties.
Hezb-e-Islami is a militant group which shares some of the anti-foreigner, anti-government aims of the Taliban.