U.S. forces attack Haditha, capture more than 400

BAGHDAD, Iraq - U.S. forces along the Euphrates River attacked the insurgent stronghold of Haditha early Tuesday, capturing a militant with ties to al-Qaida in Iraq and killing four others, the military said.

The assault on Haditha followed a recent offensive to retake Tal Afar, another northern town, which U.S. commanders said netted more than 400 suspected militants. The Iraqi military said its troops had detained 36 others, including a Yemeni citizen, just south of Tal Afar.

Protestant outlaws back off riots as Britain prepares to declare truce over

BELFAST, Northern Ireland - Protestant outlaws backed off Tuesday from riots that have ravaged much of Belfast and other Northern Ireland towns for three nights, but Britain pressed ahead anyway with plans to declare at least one group's 11-year-old truce in tatters.

Police commanders say the two largest illegal Protestant groups, the Ulster Defense Association and the Ulster Volunteer Force, both attacked police and British troops with assault rifles and homemade grenades in what were the worst Protestant riots for nearly a decade.

Nepalese police beat protesters

KATMANDU, Nepal - Riot police wielding bamboo batons beat and arrested hundreds of protesters marching through Katmandu on Tuesday demanding the restoration of democracy in this Himalayan kingdom.

Top opposition leaders were among the 300 people arrested. About three dozen people were hurt, with some suffering head injuries, hospital officials said, when police beat them in an attempt to disperse the crowd of more than 6,000 gathered in the capital.

Pakistani army destroys al-Qaida hide-out, arrests 21

PESHAWAR, Pakistan - Pakistan's army destroyed a major al-Qaida hide-out and arrested 21 suspected militants, including foreigners, and a government official accused of helping them in a remote northwestern tribal region near Afghanistan, a military commander said on Tuesday.

During the four-day operation, thousands of troops seized a cache of weapons, including bombs, detonators and rockets; communications equipment used to exchange messages with militants in Afghanistan; and propaganda CDs and


Italy to extradite London bombing suspect to Britain

LONDON - Italy's highest court on Tuesday upheld the extradition to Britain of a suspect in the failed July 21 London bombings, and Britain's top law enforcement official said evidence indicates the suicide attackers in the deadly July 7 bombings had international links.

Egypt allows Palestinians to enter from Gaza

RAFAH, Egypt - Egyptian troops allowed elated Palestinians to flood across the border from Gaza for a second day Tuesday, heightening Israeli concerns that the crossing will become more porous and allow weapons to make their way to militants.

But Palestinian and Egyptian commanders decided to close the Gaza-Egypt border by this evening, said Jamal Kaed, the Palestinian security commander of southern Gaza - effectively allowing one more day for crossings.

U.N. agrees on

document for world leaders to approve

UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. General Assembly agreed Tuesday on a watered-down document for world leaders to approve at a

U.N. summit after intense negotiations.

The compromise 35-page document is supposed to galvanize global action to combat poverty and launch a major reform of the United Nations itself. But to reach a consensus, much of the sweeping and ambitious language in the text was gutted.

- From wire reports