Aruba re-arrests two brothers in missing teen case

ORANJESTAD, Aruba - Two Surinamese brothers who had been detained and released in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway were arrested again Friday based on new evidence, officials said.

Satish and Deepak Kalpoe were arrested after authorities uncovered ''new facts and circumstances'' in the investigation of Holloway's disappearance, the prosecutor's office said in a statement.

The brothers were detained on suspicion of involvement, with unidentified ''other people,'' in premeditated murder and rape, the prosecutor's office said.

Uzbek parliament backs decision to evict U.S. troops

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan - Uzbekistan's upper house of parliament on Friday backed the government's decision to evict U.S. troops from their base in the Central Asian nation, dealing a blow to U.S. interests in the region.

The unanimous vote by 93 Senate members present at the session reflects the souring of relations with the United States since Washington criticized a bloody government crackdown on unrest in eastern Uzbekistan.

President Islam Karimov's government said July 29 that the United States had six months to vacate the Karshi-Khanabad air base in the country's south, one of two set up in the former Soviet Central Asia to support operations in Afghanistan following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Paris apartment fire generates calls for action

PARIS - A fire that raced through a crowded, rundown Paris apartment building housing African immigrants killed 17 people, mainly children trapped while they slept, and triggered angry calls Friday for decent housing for the needy in the French capital.

It was the second deadly blaze since spring to strike poor immigrants in the French capital. In April, a fire at a budget hotel killed 24 people, also mostly from Africa and including many children.

Two arrested in computer worm investigation

WASHINGTON - Authorities in Morocco and Turkey have arrested two people believed responsible for a computer worm that infected networks at U.S. companies and government agencies earlier this month.

Farid Essebar, 18, was arrested in Morocco, while Atilla Ekici, 21, was arrested in Turkey on Thursday, Louis M. Riegel, the FBI's assistant director for cyber crimes, said Friday.

Jewish population expanding quickly in the West Bank

JERUSALEM - As Israel basked in world admiration for pulling out of the Gaza Strip, new official figures released Friday showed the Jewish population of the West Bank is expanding rapidly, growing by more than 12,000 in the past year alone.

According to Interior Ministry figures, the Jewish population of the West Bank in June stood at 246,000, an increase of 12,800, or 5 percent, in a year.

Sri Lanka to have presidential election this year

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka must hold presidential elections this year, the Supreme Court ruled Friday, ending President Chandrika Kumaratunga's final term a year earlier than she had hoped.

The election creates political uncertainty at a time of heightened tensions following the Aug. 12 assassination of the country's foreign minister.

South Korean tourists visit city in North Korea

KAESONG, North Korea - The first South Korean tourists visited historic sites Friday in this North Korean city, set to become only the second destination in the communist nation that can be visited by ordinary citizens of its southern neighbor.

Some 500 South Koreans - nearly half of whom were born in what is now North Korea before the 1950-53 Korean War - got to see the ancient city on a pilot trip organized by Hyundai Asan, a Hyundai Group subsidiary that engages in business with North Korea.

- From wire reports