Britain detains Palestinian cleric

LONDON - Britain detained a Palestinian cleric considered Osama bin Laden's spiritual ambassador in Europe and nine other foreigners Thursday, saying they were a threat to national security and would be deported.

The move came a day after Britain signed an extradition agreement with Jordan, where Abu Qatada has been sentenced in absentia to life imprisonment for alleged involvement in a series of bombings and terror plots.

IAEA concerned about Iran's nuclear activities

VIENNA, Austria - The U.N. nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, expressed ''serious concern'' Thursday over Iran's resumption of nuclear activities that could lead to an atomic bomb and diplomats said Tehran faced a September deadline to stop uranium conversion at a plant in central Iran.

The Iranians resumed work at the nuclear facility in Isfahan earlier this week, despite appeals from European negotiators to maintain a voluntary suspension of nuclear activities.

Former Sudan rebel leader new vice president

KHARTOUM, Sudan - A former rebel commander was sworn in as Sudan's new first vice president on Thursday, pledging to uphold his late predecessor's commitment to a peaceful and unified Sudan.

Southern leader Salva Kiir Mayardit, who was named leader of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement after John Garang's July 30 death in a helicopter crash, also was named president of the government of southern Sudan.

World Youth Day: Increased security for papal visit

COLOGNE, Germany - Cologne is throwing open its doors to the world next week for the first foreign trip by Pope Benedict XVI, even as it welds shut manhole covers in the streets, seals off its airspace and closes bridges.

Mindful of bombings in London, Egypt and Madrid, authorities are taking no chances with security for the German-born pontiff and hundreds of thousands of pilgrims expected for World Youth Day.

Pakistan tests cruise missile

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Pakistan test fired its first cruise missile early Thursday without warning archrival India under a new treaty requiring notification of tests involving missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads, officials said.

The Foreign Ministry said the agreement formalized by the two nuclear-armed nations over the weekend did not cover cruise missiles.

- From wire reports