BAGHDAD. Five al-Qaida-linked prisoners awaiting execution and 11 other inmates broke out of a prison in Saddam Hussein's hometown of Ti...
BAGHDAD. Five al-Qaida-linked prisoners awaiting execution and 11 other inmates broke out of a prison in Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit, prompting a massive manhunt yesterday. A complete curfew was imposed on the city of 250,000 after the prisoners escaped at around 11:15 p.m. Wednesday. The prisoners were being held on charges including terrorism, kidnapping and murder, and the majority have links to al-Qaida in Iraq.
ANKARA. Osman Ertugrul Osmanoglu, the eldest member of the former Ottoman dynasty, has died, officials said Thursday. He was 97. Osmanoglu died of kidney failure at an Istanbul hospital on Wednesday, the Culture Ministry said. He was the last surviving grandson of an Ottoman sultan and regarded as the head of the living members of the dynasty.
BOGOTA.Colombian guerrillas on Thursday released a video of a soldier kidnapped nearly 12 years ago. Pablo Moncayo is among 24 hostages held by the FARC.
JOHANNESBURG. An Airlink passenger plane crashed into a school's playing fields near Durban International Airport Thursday, seriously injuring three crew members and one person on the ground, the South African airline said.