Tunisian plane plunges into sea;
at least 13 dead
PALERMO, Sicily - A Tunisian airliner that reportedly lost engine power Saturday plunged into the choppy Mediterranean while trying to make an emergency landing in Sicily, and at least 13 people were killed, officials said. At least three of the 39 people on board were missing.
Some of the 23 survivors clung to the wings and fuselage of the Tuninter airline ATR-72 as they screamed to rescuers. The wreckage was battered by 10-foot waves and strong currents, delaying rescuers' arrival.
British authorities charge first of bombings suspects
LONDON - London police on Saturday charged a suspect in the failed July 21 attacks with conspiracy to murder and possession of explosives - the first charges to be laid in Britain against any of the would-be bombers.
Yassin Hassan Omar, 24, is suspected of trying to bomb a subway train near Warren Street station on July 21. The Metropolitan Police said he was charged with conspiring "with others unknown to murder passengers on the transport for London system."
U.S. and Iraqi troops repel
BAGHDAD, Iraq - U.S. and Iraqi troops repelled a series of coordinated attacks including suicide car bombs, killing six insurgents and capturing 12, in southern Baghdad, the military said Saturday.
In political developments, Sunni Arabs on the committee drafting a new constitution rejected Kurdish demands for federalism as long as foreign forces remain in Iraq. The statement came on the eve of a meeting to try to overcome differences on the charter.
Iraq's most feared terror group, meanwhile, warned Sunni Arabs that voting in a referendum on the charter this fall would be tantamount to rejecting Islam.
Investigators: Four doors didn't function on burning plane
TORONTO - Investigators trying to determine why an Air France jet skidded off a runway said Saturday that only four of the aircraft's eight doors and emergency exits were used to escape the burning jetliner, and that two emergency slides malfunctioned.
Real Levasseur of Canada's Transportation Safety Board said one of the four exit doors used by the 309 passengers and crew in their rush to disembark was difficult to open, and that the fire after the crash last Tuesday may have prevented access to the other doors.
Levasseur also said two of the slides used failed to work, even though they are supposed to automatically unfold when the emergency doors are opened.
Ireland, Sinn Fein deny deal over return of fugitives
DUBLIN, Ireland - Ireland's government and Sinn Fein, the Irish Republican Army-linked party, denied Saturday they had struck a secret deal to permit three fugitives from Colombia to return home.
The three IRA-linked men, convicted eight months ago in Colombia of training the South American country's largest rebel group, resurfaced unexpectedly in Ireland on Friday when one gave an interview to Irish television.
Prime Minister Bertie Ahern said his government had no advance warning that the trio - in hiding since fleeing Colombia to avoid 17-year prison sentences - were back on Irish soil.
Envoys deadlocked in North Korean nuclear talks
BEIJING - Envoys to deadlocked North Korean nuclear talks said Saturday they might take a recess, but they planned to gather for one more day to discuss the effort to persuade the North to disarm.
Negotiators from the United States, North Korea and four other nations held a 12th straight day of talks on Saturday but reported no progress on a planned statement of principles to guide future negotiations. China said the delegation leaders would meet again this morning.
Iran rejects proposal for resolving dispute over nuke program
TEHRAN, Iran - Iranian leaders rejected a European proposal designed to calm Western fears their nuclear program could be used to develop weapons, saying Saturday the offer failed to recognize Iran's right to enrich uranium for peaceful uses.
Germany accused Iran of being "confrontational." It and France predicted that unless Iran backed down, the matter would go to the U.N. Security Council for consideration of sanctions. The U.N. nuclear watchdog agency is meeting Tuesday to discuss that possibility.
- From wire reports