Man convicted in Sept. 11 attacks trial in Europe

MADRID, Spain - A suspected al-Qaida cell leader was convicted Monday of conspiring to commit murder in connection with the Sept. 11 attacks in the United States, concluding Europe's biggest trial of alleged members of the terrorist group.

Imad Yarkas, one of 24 defendants on trial, was sentenced to 27 years in prison of conspiracy and being a leader of a terrorist organization.

Arrest warrant canceled for Tymoshenko

MOSCOW - Russian prosecutors said Monday they had canceled an arrest warrant for former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko after she appeared in Moscow over the weekend and was questioned.

Tymoshenko had been accused of bribing Russian defense officials while she headed Ukraine's main gas distributor, the now-defunct United Energy Systems. Tymoshenko has denied the Russian charges, saying they were politically motivated.

At least one killed in Peru earthquake

LIMA, Peru - A powerful earthquake in northern Peru killed at least one person, destroyed about 100 homes and disrupted electricity and telephone service in much of the region, the civil defense chief said Monday.

The 7.5-magnitude earthquake was felt throughout Peru's northern coast and as far away as Bogota, Colombia, more than 700 miles to the north, and broke windows in towns in Ecuador.

Victims: Bombing compensation slow to arrive

LONDON - Compensation payments to London bombing victims and their families have been too slow, leaving the wounded and bereaved struggling to cover bills and mortgage payments, lawyers said Monday.

As Prime Minister Tony Blair promised checks were coming soon, many also worried that caps on the amounts paid by a government compensation program are too low and will make it difficult for some victims to afford artificial limbs and other medical expenses.

Roadside bombs kill three U.S. soldiers in Iraq

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Roadside bombs killed three U.S. soldiers Monday in two separate attacks and 16 Iraqis were killed elsewhere, including five teachers and their driver who were shot to death in a classroom by suspected insurgents disguised as policemen.

- From wire reports