Tight security as hotels reopen

MUMBAI, India - Doormen in white suits and black turbans greeted visitors to the Oberoi with a bow on the eve of the hotel's reopening three weeks after it was targeted in a militant rampage. Security was noticeably tighter Saturday as guards scanned bags and sniffer dogs patrolled the grounds outside.

Armed policemen stood watch among bunkers of sandbags outside the entrance to the hotel's Trident portion, where the owners said 100 rooms would reopen on Sunday, just weeks after 10 suspected Islamic militants stormed sites across India's financial capital.

Zimbabwe mulls early elections

HARARE, Zimbabwe - President Robert Mugabe hinted at early elections Saturday, saying his party should be preparing to avoid a repeat of his loss in March.

Mugabe spoke Saturday at the close of a two-day conference of his ZANU-PF party. He told about 5,000 party loyalists new elections would be held if a power-sharing plan collapsed.

The unity government agreement Mugabe signed in September with opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has stalled in a dispute over which party should control key Cabinet posts. And recent violence has left many wondering whether the plan is workable.

The political impasse has left Zimbabweans virtually leaderless as they suffer economic and humanitarian crises.

Mali government says 20 killed

BAMAKO, Mali - Mali's Ministry of Defense said at least 20 people were killed in an attack on an army outpost in the country's remote north early Saturday.

The ministry said the attack occurred in the town of Nampala.

The dead included nine security personnel and 11 attackers, and many others were wounded. The statement identifies the attackers as 'an armed gang linked to drug traffickers.'

Man killed in NY buried in Ecuador

CUENCA, Ecuador - An Ecuadorean immigrant beaten to death in an apparent U.S. hate crime was carried to his grave on Saturday in a coffin scattered with roses and his nation's flag in a town that has seen thousands of others seek their fortunes abroad.

Julia Quintuna, the mother of Jose Oswaldo Sucuzhanay, sobbed as she embraced her 10-year-old grandson Brian, one of Sacuzhanay's 12 children.

Sucuzhanay, a 31-year-old real estate agent, was attacked by a group of men who kicked and beat him with an aluminum baseball bat, shouting anti-Latino and anti-gay slurs as he walked arm in arm with his brother near his Brooklyn home on Dec. 7. He died after five days in a coma.

Egyptian Internet cables damaged

CAIRO, Egypt - Egypt's Internet service is back up to 60 percent capacity after being almost entirely knocked out when several undersea cables were cut, the country's Communications Ministry said Saturday.

Internet traffic has been shifted from the damaged Mediterranean cables to alternative service providers using cables in the Indian Ocean, the ministry said.

The ministry also said that Italy will send repair ships to the area near Sicily where the three Internet cables' were severed Friday.

Repair work may take up to a week, and the ministry said it expects the country to be at 85 percent capacity by Sunday.

Pakistan: 3 dead in convoy attack

PESHAWAR, Pakistan - Militants in Pakistan launched rockets at two trucks returning from delivering fuel to Western forces in Afghanistan, killing three people, an official said Saturday - the latest in a string of attacks targeting a supply route critical to the U.S. fight against the Taliban.

U.S. and NATO forces in landlocked Afghanistan transport up to 75 percent of their supplies through Pakistan, and any serious disruption of that pipeline could hamper operations.

Sarkozy to sign deal with Brazil

SAO PAULO, Brazil - French President Nicolas Sarkozy is expected to sign an arms deal during his upcoming visit to Brazil that could help this country build Latin America's first nuclear-propelled submarine, the government's official news agency said Saturday.

The French president is scheduled to arrive in Rio de Janeiro on Monday.