3 suspects released in case of missing teen in Aruba

SINT NICOLAAS, Aruba - All three suspects in the disappearance of an Alabama teenager were released from jail Saturday in a setback for the prosecution and the biggest blow yet to Natalee Holloway's family.

Joran van der Sloot, an 18-year-old Dutchman, and two Surinamese brothers, Satish Kalpoe, 18 and Deepak Kalpoe, 21, were released on condition they remain in Dutch territory and be available to police for questioning.

The Kalpoe brothers emerged from prison dressed in jeans, carrying black plastic bags and accompanied by their lawyers.

Chirac hospitalized with blood vessel problem in eye

PARIS - French President Jacques Chirac has been hospitalized after suffering a blood vessel problem in his eye, the prime minister said Saturday.

Officials said he was canceling several appointments this week, and while supporters played down the severity of the situation, the surprise hospitalization was likely to trigger questions about future changes in the French political landscape that Chirac has dominated for a decade.

Chirac, 72, was alert and consulting with advisers after being taken Friday evening to a Paris military hospital, said Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin after visiting the president for about an hour Saturday.

Kidnapped Briton discovered dead

in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan - A kidnapped British engineer was found dead Saturday and two bodies discovered in Afghanistan's southern desert were identified as missing Japanese tourists, raising fears that elections later this month may be disrupted by militant violence.

Taliban-led rebels have vowed to disrupt the Sept. 18 poll, the next key step toward democracy after a quarter century of war and civil strife. In the past six months, a surge in fighting has left more than 1,100 people dead, including at least four elections workers and four candidates.

U.S.-led coalition troops raiding a Taliban hide-out in the Afghan mountains found the body of a Briton believed to be David Addison, Britain's Foreign Office said Saturday.

Insurgents target Iraqi security forces

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Insurgents killed 19 Iraqi security forces Saturday in clashes around Baqouba, while U.S. and Iraqi forces intensified an offensive in a rebel-infested city that the Americans subdued last year - only to have the Iraqis lose control.

Eight policemen died in a pair of shootouts in Baqouba, 35 miles northeast of Baghdad, officials said. Six policemen and two soldiers were killed in another gunbattle in Buhriz, a suburb of the Baqouba, officials said.

- From wire reports