RECIFE, Brazil – Air France and other airlines moved Tuesday to replace speed monitors suspected of feeding false information to the com...
RECIFE, Brazil – Air France and other airlines moved Tuesday to replace speed monitors suspected of feeding false information to the computers of Flight 447 and leading to a series of failures that broke the plane apart over the Atlantic Ocean. Four more bodies were pulled from the sea, and helicopters began ferrying other remains to shore.
MEXICO CITY – In a hair-raising standoff that sent motorists scrambling for cover, municipal police pulled their guns on masked federal agents in one of Mexico's biggest cities — a stark display of the tensions caused by a crackdown on drug corruption among the country's lawmen. Federal forces are leading sweeps across the country to round up local officers and politicians accused of collaborating with brutal drug cartels.
PARIS – A red notebook of 33 pencil drawings by Pablo Picasso has been stolen from a specially locked glass case in the Paris museum that bears the painter's name, authorities said Tuesday.
The book is believed to be worth 8 million euros ($11 million), a police official said.
The theft took place between Monday and Tuesday morning at the Picasso Museum, removed from a glass case that "can only be opened with a specific instrument," the Culture Ministry said.
GENEVA – The World Health Organization said Tuesday a spike in swine flu cases in Australia may push it to finally announce the first flu pandemic in 41 years. It also expressed concern about an unusual rise in severe illness from the disease in Canada. WHO's flu chief Keiji Fukuda said the agency wanted to avoid "adverse effects" if it announces a global outbreak.
LAGOS – Victims of murder, torture and other abuses by Nigeria's former military government hailed Tuesday a landmark out-of-court settlement with Royal Dutch Shell over its alleged complicity in the crimes. Shell agreed Monday in New York to pay out 15.5 million dollars (10.7 million euros) to relatives of Nigerian writer and activist Ken Saro-Wiwa and others executed in 1995 in what plaintiffs said was a campaign of repression backed by the oil giant.
BAGHDAD – The surprise release of a Shiite militant linked to the killing of five U.S. soldiers in Iraq is part of a high-stakes gambit that could result in freedom for five British hostages and a political role for a major Shiite extremist group with reputed ties to Iran.
Laith al-Khazali, a leading figure in the Asaib al-Haq, or League of the Righteous, was freed from U.S. custody over the weekend and taken to his home in Baghdad's Sadr City district.