Colombian rebels say they will release hostages

BOGOTA, Colombia - Colombian rebels will hand over three hostages to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, including an aide to former presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt and the woman's young son, according to a communique sent Tuesday.

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, said in a statement e-mailed to the Bogota office of Cuba's Prensa Latina news agency that it would free Betancourt aide Clara Rojas, Rojas' son Emmanuel, and Consuelo Gonzalez, a former congresswoman kidnapped in 2001.

Israel increases its attacks on extremist groups

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Israel will keep striking the leaders of groups that launch rockets from the Gaza Strip, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert pledged Tuesday after an hours-long aerial assault killed 12 militants including the commander of the extremist group Islamic Jihad.

Islamic Jihad threatened ""a wave of martyrdom operations' - suicide bombings in Israel - in response to what it called ""a big loss.'

The Israeli attack began when aircraft blasted two cars in Gaza City after nightfall Monday.

Teenager's disappearance becomes cold case in Aruba

ORANJESTAD, Aruba - Prosecutors closed their investigation into the disappearance of American teenager Natalee Holloway, saying Tuesday they still believe three young men were involved in her death but can't prove it after 932 days of searching failed to turn up a body.

The three main suspects in the case were re-arrested last month after prosecutors in Aruba discovered online chat sessions they hoped would break the case open. But none of the men talked in custody, and without the 18-year-old's body, prosecutors said they had no recourse but to close the most notorious missing persons case in the Caribbean.

Official condemns terrorism in visit to Algiers

ALGIERS, Algeria - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday toured the ruins of a building torn apart by a suicide bombing that killed 17 U.N. staffers last week, vowing that the world body would not be intimidated.

""All the United Nations agencies in Algeria are going to continue their work,' Ban said.

""Terrorism is not a phenomenon against a state or a specific region, it's a worldwide threat requiring global efforts and cooperation from the entire international community.'