London suicide bomber appears in farewell tape

CAIRO, Egypt - One of the four suicide attackers who bombed London's transit system on July 7 made a dramatic farewell in a videotape broadcast Thursday that also included a warning of more bloodshed from al-Qaida's No. 2 Ayman al-Zawahri.

Speaking English, Mohammad Sidique Khan, a Briton of Pakistani ancestry, said Westerners had failed to heed previous warnings, ''therefore we will talk to you in a language that you understand. Our words are dead until we give them life with our blood.''

The two men did not appear together in the tape - instead, shots of each were edited together - and al-Zawahri did not mention Khan. A newscaster on al-Jazeera, which aired the tape, said Khan's last ''will'' came as part of a long tape that consisted mostly of al-Zawahri talking.

Russia marks anniversary of school massacre

BESLAN, Russia - Carrying candles and red flowers, thousands of mourners remembered the first anniversary Thursday of the terror attack at Beslan School No. 1, an event of sadness laced with anger from critics who partly blame Russia's government for the hostage siege.

President Vladimir Putin solemnly called on Russians to ''remember the children,'' but many of Beslan's grieving people charged his administration with callousness, incompetence and deception.

About 331 people were killed - 190 of them children.

Bodies of missing American men found in Canada

LAVAL, Quebec - Police found the bodies of two young American men Thursday who have been missing for 10 days, but couldn't tell if foul play was involved in their deaths, authorities said.

The remains of Steve Wright, 20, of Santa Rosa, Calif., and Mark Kraynak, 23, of Uniontown, Pa., were found at the bottom of a rock quarry near a nightclub, where the men had said they were headed, said Guy Lajeunesse, a police spokesman for the city of Laval, just north of Montreal.

Judge orders suspect in Holloway case released

ORANJESTAD, Aruba - A judge on Thursday ordered the release of a Dutch teenager who has been jailed for nearly three months in the disappearance of an Alabama honors student and said he would be freed this weekend, the youth's father and attorney said.

Paul van der Sloot said the judge ruled there was no reason to hold his son, Joran, any longer on suspicion of murder but the youth remained a suspect in the sexual assault of 18-year-old Natalee Holloway.

Reached by phone later, defense attorney Antonio Carlo, disputed part of the father's statement, saying van der Sloot, 18, remains a suspect in Holloway's murder but will be released Saturday pending the outcome of the investigation.

White House asks for cooperation in Lebanon

WASHINGTON - Declaring the Lebanese people are owed an answer, the Bush administration on Thursday called on all parties to cooperate with a U.N. investigation into the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri of Lebanon.

Similarly, in New York, the U.N. Undersecretary-General for Political Affairs, Ibrahim Gambari, said ''a form of cooperation is taking place, but not sufficient cooperation.''

The dual messages seemed aimed at Syria, which was effectively in control of Lebanon until the slaying of Hariri last February generated U.N. and U.S. pressure that forced Syrian troops to withdraw from the country.

Cholera epidemic blamed for hundreds of deaths

DAKAR, Senegal - A cholera epidemic spreading across West Africa has sickened tens of thousands of people this year and killed nearly 500 amid a long-term deterioration in health services in one of the world's poorest regions, the United Nations said Thursday.

Cholera has stricken 31,259 people in nine west African countries since June and 488 are reported dead in what the United Nations said was an ''unusually high incidence'' of the disease. Year-ago figures weren't provided.

Saddam trial to begin soon after constitution finished

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraqi authorities plan to put Saddam Hussein on trial within five days after the Oct. 15 referendum on the new constitution, an official close to the proceedings said Thursday.

The official spoke after government spokesman Laith Kubba announced that Iraq had carried out its first executions since Saddam was ousted in 2003. Three men were hanged at 10 a.m. in a Baghdad prison for murdering three policemen.

U.S. officials scrapped the death penalty in 2003 but Iraqi authorities reinstated it after the transfer of sovereignty so they would have the option of executing Saddam if he is convicted of crimes committed during his regime.

British engineer kidnapped in western Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan - Gunmen kidnapped a British engineer and his interpreter after attacking their convoy in western Afghanistan and killing three policemen guarding them on Thursday.

- From wire reports