Confession tape likely admissible

ORANJESTAD, Aruba - A hidden-camera interview with a Dutch student saying missing teenager Natalee Holloway was dead and that he had a friend dump her body at sea is admissible in court, the chief Aruban prosecutor said Monday.

The courts in Aruba will likely accept the tape as evidence because it was recorded by a private citizen without any influence by authorities, Chief Prosecutor Hans Mos told reporters.

'I take it very seriously,' Mos said of the video.

Suicide attack fuels border fears

DIMONA, Israel - Dr. Baruch Mandelzwieg knelt down and ripped open the jacket of a man critically wounded in a suicide bombing, ready to begin emergency treatment. He cleared the victim's airway, then was struck by a shocking sight - an explosive belt.

The wounded man was a second attacker, knocked out by the force of the initial blast Monday, which killed an Israeli woman and wounded 11 other people in this desert Israeli town near Israel's fortified nuclear reactor. It was the first suicide attack inside Israel in more than a year.

The Israeli doctor jumped away as the man began waving his arms, and a police officer moved in, shooting the would-be bomber dead before he could detonate his explosives.

The attack fueled Israel's fears that Gaza militants would exploit a border breach with Egypt to sneak into Israel. Militants claimed the bombers entered Israel through the porous Egyptian border.

Civilian deaths raise worries of Sunni backlash

BAGHDAD - The deaths of nine civilians, including a child, in a U.S. airstrike south of Baghdad have raised fresh concerns about the military's ability to distinguish friend from foe in a campaign to uproot insurgents from Sunni areas on the capital's doorstep.

Witnesses and Iraqi police said helicopters strafed a house Saturday after confusing U.S.-allied Sunni fighters for extremists in the deadliest case of mistaken identity since November. The U.S. military on Monday confirmed the civilian deaths but gave few other details of the Army gunship attack.

Animal group calls for China to respect rats

BEIJING - An animal rights group called Monday for China to treat rats with kindness and respect, as millions across the nation begin to celebrate the coming Year of the Rat.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, said it has asked the Chinese government to consider animal welfare laws for rats used in laboratory experiments.