India says there is a foreign link to bombings

NEW DELHI - Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh claimed Monday there was a foreign link to bombings that bloodied two New Delhi markets, a veiled reference to Pakistan-based militants. But both nations sought to preserve the fragile detente that grew out of the recent quake disaster.

Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf condemned terrorism and pledged full cooperation in the bombing investigation, which came three weeks after an earthquake ravaged the disputed Himalayan region and helped draw the two nuclear rivals closer.

Bird flu found in Canadian ducks

TORONTO - Nearly three dozen wild ducks have tested positive for the H5 bird flu virus in Canada, officials reported Monday, but they said it was unlikely to be the strain blamed for more than 60 human deaths in Southeast Asia.

Dr. Jim Clark of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said it would take at least a week to determine whether the flu found in 33 ducks from the provinces of Quebec and Manitoba was the deadly H5N1 strain that has ravaged Asian poultry farms.

Sharon praises stand against Iran, Syria

JERUSALEM - Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on Monday demanded Palestinian action against terrorism, singled out Syria and Iran as its sponsors, and said the international community is standing up to ''extremist countries'' for the first time.

Sharon's speech opened what is expected to be a turbulent winter term in parliament, one his weakened government may not survive.

Prince Charles, wife to visit U.S.

LONDON - Prince Charles, his wife and a wardrobe full of dresses jet off to the United States today on a tour designed to celebrate trans-Atlantic ties, promote Charles' environmentalist causes - and test reaction to his new bride in a nation still smitten with the late Princess Diana.

The 56-year-old heir to the throne and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall will visit New York, Washington, New Orleans and San Francisco during the one-week tour.

Putin will not seek third term

MOSCOW - President Vladimir Putin said Monday he won't seek a third term in 2008, but vowed not to allow ''destabilization'' in Russia following the vote, leaving the door open for drastic action in the event of a crisis.

- From wire reports