Warplanes strike al-Qaida targets
BAGHDAD, Iraq - In a dramatic shift, the U.S. ambassador raised the possibility Tuesday of further changes to Iraq's draft constitution, signaling that the Bush administration has not given up its campaign to push through a charter that will be broadly accepted.
Also Tuesday, U.S. warplanes struck three suspected al-Qaida targets near the Syrian border, killing what the U.S. military called a ''known terrorist.'' Iraqi officials said 45 people died, most in fighting between an Iraqi tribe that supports the foreign fighters and another that opposes them.
The nation's Sunni Arabs had demanded revisions in the constitution, finalized last weekend by the Shiite-Kurdish majority over Sunni objections. A Shiite leader said only minor editing would be accepted, because the draft was now ready for voters in an Oct. 15 referendum.
Lebanon names suspects in murder
BEIRUT, Lebanon - The United Nations named four pro-Syrian generals and a former legislator as suspects Tuesday in the February assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri - the first major break in a crime that transformed Lebanon.
U.N. investigators were interrogating the men at a hilltop hotel overlooking Beirut after searching the generals' homes. The Lebanese government, acting at the request of the U.N., detained three of the suspects; a fourth surrendered for questioning and a fifth returned from Syria, promising to cooperate.
The moves against such once-powerful generals and politicians - who had readily executed Syrian policy in Lebanon - would have been unthinkable a few months ago when the country and its government were still under Syrian control.
Data recorder from Peru flight found
LIMA, Peru - The missing flight data recorder from a Peruvian airliner that crash-landed last week has been recovered, turned in by a man who scavenged it from the wreckage, a prosecutor said Tuesday.
Cesar Arroyo told The Associated Press that the man, Cesar Cabello, had taken the data recorder home but handed it over to civil aviation investigators Monday in exchange for a $500 reward posted by TANS Peru airlines.
''The box was opened but apparently had not suffered any alteration, (and) the optic fiber it contained hadn't been damaged,'' Arroyo said by telephone from Pucallpa, the jungle city near where the flight went down in a marsh, killing 40 people.
The flight data recorder is expected to be key in determining whether wind shear caused by a sudden, violent hail storm was to blame for pushing the plane off course as it made its final descent to land, or whether there was pilot error. Arroyo said the recorder would be sent to the United States for analysis.
Paris fire kills seven African immigrants
PARIS - The apartment building was so run down its owner didn't want it anymore. But like two other Paris buildings recently gutted by deadly fires, it was home to dozens of poor Africans, many of whom were illegal immigrants.
Firefighters said seven people, including four children, died in Monday night's blaze, the third since April to gut buildings housing foreigners in the French capital.
Among the dead was a 6-year-old boy whose mother threw him out of a fifth-floor window to try to save him from the flames, police said. The bodies of the mother, who was pregnant, and another child, who was 3, were found in the building.
On the same floor, firefighters found a second family: a woman, who was pregnant with twins, her husband and their two children, police said.
Two other people were seriously injured in the latest fire, which ripped through a six-story building in central Paris.
India, Pakistan to release prisoners
NEW DELHI - India and Pakistan agreed Tuesday to release hundreds of fishermen and other civilians in each other's jails - a goodwill measure that comes as part of a peace process between the two countries.
Both sides also agreed to provide better consular access to prisoners, notify each other of arrests and join forces to stamp out terrorism, according to a joint statement. The announcements came after two-day talks between home secretaries from both sides.
Netanyahu throws hat in the ring
JERUSALEM - Benjamin Netanyahu announced Tuesday that he would challenge Prime Minister Ariel Sharon for leadership of the ruling Likud Party and replace him as premier, setting off a bitter fight that could shake up Israeli politics and paralyze Mideast peacemaking.
Appealing to his hawkish supporters, Netanyahu lashed out at Sharon for his unilateral pullout from the Gaza Strip - accusing him of creating a de facto Palestinian state - and said he would take a far tougher stance.
- From wire reports