London police name two suspects
LONDON - A clear plastic food tub could be a significant clue for police hunting those behind the botched London transit bombings: Detectives said Monday that the four bombs and a fifth discovered later in a park were all made using the same kind of humble kitchen container.
London police also identified two of the four suspects, and their chief said the force was ''racing against time'' to find the bombers, who fled three subway trains and a bus when their devices failed to fully detonate Thursday.
Police identified two of the suspects as Yasin Hassan Omar, 24, and Muktar Said Ibrahim, 27, also known as Muktar Mohammed Said, but did not give their nationalities.
Israel criticizes pope for failing to condemn attacks against Israelis
VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI faced the first major conflict of his three-month-old papacy when Israel summoned the Vatican envoy Monday to express outrage that the pope ''deliberately failed'' to condemn terrorist attacks against Israelis.
The German-born Benedict, who has consistently reached out to Jews since assuming the papacy, was criticized by Israel for remarks Sunday from his Alpine vacation retreat in northwestern Italy.
He prayed for God to stop the ''murderous hand'' of terrorists and referred to the recent ''abhorrent terrorist attacks'' in Egypt, Britain, Turkey and Iraq, but did not mention attacks in Israel.
U.S., North Korea envoys meet on eve of nuclear talks
n BEIJING - U.S. and North Korean envoys tried Monday to pave the way for progress at six-nation talks - stalled for more than a year - on demands the North give up its nuclear ambitions.
In a rare one-on-one meeting, U.S. envoy Christopher Hill and North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan did not discuss specific issues, such as whether the North has a uranium enrichment program, a senior U.S. official said.
Instead, the two envoys discussed the terms of their dispute, said the official.
Police search for five Pakistanis in Egypt attack probe
SHARM EL-SHEIK, Egypt - Security forces hunted through rugged desert mountains Monday for militants suspected in the devastating bombings in this Red Sea resort, and police searched for five Pakistanis in their investigation into Egypt's deadliest terror attack.
DNA tests were being run on two bodies that are possibly those of bombers, one believed to be Egyptian, the other a foreigner, a security official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the inquiry.
Investigators were trying to determine who carried out the string of blasts that struck a luxury hotel and two other locations within a 15-minute period before dawn Saturday. As many as 88 people were killed, including an American.
Attack by rebels kills 11, one American in Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan - Militants attacked a patrol by U.S. and Afghan troops in the country's south Monday, setting off a gunbattle that killed one American soldier, one Afghan soldier and 11 of the rebels, the U.S. military said.In Monday's deadly assault, three American troops and an Afghan soldier were wounded, a military statement said.
U.S. fighter jets and attack helicopters responded to the assault and pounded militant positions, it said. Eight insurgents were captured and four rocket-propelled grenades and two assault rifles were seized.
Impeachment complaint filed for Philippine president
MANILA, Philippines - President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo shrugged off an impeachment complaint filed hours before her state of the nation address Monday, declining to even mention the crisis as she called for overhauling the Philippines' unstable democracy.
With opposition lawmakers boycotting her speech and 25,000 protesters outside demanding her resignation, Arroyo said Congress should quickly come up with constitutional amendments to end the U.S.-style presidency and switch to a parliamentary form of government.
Proposed Iraqi constitution likely to anger women
BAGHDAD, Iraq - A chapter of Iraq's draft constitution obtained on Monday gives Islam a major role in Iraqi civil law, raising concerns that women could lose rights in marriage, divorce and inheritance.
The civil law section covers the rights and duties of citizens and public and private freedoms. The language in the chapter is not final, but members of the charter drafting committee said there was agreement on most of its wording.
- From wire reports