Turkish planes attack rebels on Iraqi border

SIRNAK, Turkey - Turkish warplanes and helicopter gunships attacked suspected positions of Kurdish rebels near Iraq on Wednesday, a possible prelude to a cross-border operation that would likely raise tensions with Washington.

The military offensive also reportedly included shelling of Turkish Kurd guerrilla hideouts in northern Iraq, which is predominantly Kurdish. U.S. officials are already preoccupied with efforts to stabilize other areas of Iraq and oppose Turkish intervention in the relatively peaceful north.

Descendant of von Bismarck died of 'reckless' cocaine use

LONDON - The great-great-grandson of Prussian Chancellor Otto von Bismarck died in his near-empty, $10 million London apartment in July after recklessly injecting himself with cocaine, a coroner concluded Wednesday.

Count Gottfried von Bismarck, 44, had been injecting cocaine in the day before his death, said Sebastien Lucas, the pathologist who carried out the post mortem. He said Bismarck's body contained the highest level of cocaine that he had ever seen.

Group evacuates rebel-held Darfur town; dozens hurt

JUBA, Sudan - The only international aid group in a Darfur town where rebels reported that dozens of people were killed in a government attack said Wednesday it has pulled out for security reasons.

Doctors Without Borders said it could not confirm the deaths but counted at least 39 seriously wounded people - mostly civilians - in the South Darfur town of Muhajeria before it had to evacuate.

Police evict ex-nuns from Polish convent

KAZIMIERZ DOLNY, Poland - Police evicted 65 rebellious ex-nuns Wednesday from a convent they illegally occupied for two years after defying a Vatican order to replace their mother superior, a charismatic leader who had religious visions.

The defeated nuns walked out in their black habits - some carrying guitars, drums and tambourines - after a locksmith opened the gate to the walled compound and police in riot gear rushed in and arrested the mother superior.

'They were disobedient,' said Mieczyslaw Puzewicz, a spokesman for the Lublin diocese of the Roman Catholic Church. The Vatican formally expelled the women from their Sisters of Bethany order last year, but has revealed almost nothing about the dispute.