Bin Laden plans Sept. 11 video

CAIRO, Egypt - Osama bin Laden plans a new video to be released in the coming days ahead of the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks in what would be the first new images of the terror mastermind in nearly three years, al-Qaida's media arm announced Thursday.

The al-Qaida leader has not appeared in new video footage since Oct. 29, 2004, and he has not put out a new audiotape in more than a year.

German police search for more terror suspects

BERLIN - Police searched Thursday for seven people thought to have aided three Islamic radicals arrested for allegedly plotting massive bombings - a case that has ignited debate over whether investigators should have broader powers to probe the computers of terrorism suspects.

The additional suspects were being sought both in Germany and elsewhere, and the names of five were known to police, said Andreas Christeleit, a spokesman for federal prosecutors.

Syria: Military fired at Israelis

DAMASCUS, Syria - The Syrian government charged Thursday that Israeli aircraft dropped 'munitions' inside Syria overnight and said its air defenses opened fire in a new escalation of tensions between the decades-old foes.

It was unclear what happened. Syria stopped short of accusing Israel of purposely bombing its territory, and an Israeli spokesman said he could not comment on military operations.

Analysts speculated such a foray could have been probing Syria's defenses or monitoring long-range missile bases. The reported path also would have taken the jets near Iran, whose growing power and anti-Israel government worries leaders of the Jewish state.

More than 3,500 police, soldiers to protect pope

VIENNA, Austria - Elite Austrian commandos and bomb squads checked venues and equipment Thursday, the eve of Pope Benedict XVI's arrival, and authorities said more than 3,500 police officers and soldiers were being deployed for the visit.

Although security was heavy for the three-day visit, which begins today, the precautions were not a response to this week's thwarted terrorist plot in Germany, Interior Ministry spokesman Rudolf Gollia said.

About 150 members of Austria's elite Cobra police unit - including what Gollia described as a 'counterterrorism component' - were to provide personal security for the pontiff this weekend.