US says Sudan to cooperate in probe of envoy's murder

CAIRO, Egypt - Sudanese officials have promised to cooperate with a team of four FBI agents sent to probe the fatal shooting of an American diplomat, and the U.S. may send more investigators to assist, the State Department said Friday.

The initial FBI team that arrived Thursday has secured promises of assistance from Sudanese authorities in their investigation of the killing of John Granville, an official with the U.S. Agency for International Development, State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said.

Sudanese officials 'have pledged cooperation in piecing together exactly what happened, making sure that the team ... has an opportunity to look at all the evidence, piece it together, put together a picture of exactly what happened that night,' McCormack said.

Colombia: DNA says foster child was rebel hostage

BOGOTA, Colombia - DNA analysis indicates a 3-year-old boy living in a Bogota foster home is the child of a woman held captive by leftist rebels for nearly six years, Colombia's top prosecutor said Friday.

The results suggest President Alvaro Uribe was right - and that the leftist rebels misled Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and the world when they promised to release the boy named Emmanuel along with his mother Clara Rojas and another hostage from their jungle camps.

'The conclusion of the scientific experts is that there's a greater probability the boy belongs to the Rojas family than to any other family,' chief federal prosecutor Mario Iguaran announced, citing an 'absolute' match between the mitochondria DNA of the child and that of Rojas' mother and brother.

Plane crashes off Venezuela with 14 passengers aboard

CARACAS, Venezuela - A plane carrying 14 people crashed into the sea off Venezuela on Friday with eight Italians, five Venezuelans and an American on board. There was no immediate report on casualties.

Search teams were fanning out by air and sea to find the downed twin-engine plane, which left Simon Bolivar International Airport near Caracas and hit the sea about 24 miles from Los Roques islands, said Gen. Antonio Rivero, Venezuela's emergency management director.

PM acknowledges Israel is not living up to peace plan

JERUSALEM - Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, in an unprecedented public acknowledgment, called continued Israeli construction in West Bank settlements a breach of Israel's obligations under a recently revived peace plan.

The remarks, published Friday in The Jerusalem Post daily, came just days before President Bush arrives in the region to build on the momentum created at a Mideast peace conference in Annapolis, Md.

Kenya opposition seeks new vote

NAIROBI, Kenya - Kenya's opposition party demanded new presidential elections Friday as thousands of hungry slum dwellers swamped aid workers after days of deadly riots over the disputed vote cut supplies of groceries and water.

A spokesman for President Mwai Kibaki said there would only be a rerun of the Dec. 27 election if a court orders it. Kenya's high court, which can annul the vote and force a new one, was largely appointed by Kibaki.

Clerics loyal to al-Sadr call on followers to respect cease-fire

BAGHDAD - Clerics loyal to radical Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr called on his followers Friday to respect a cease-fire and asked them to try to make peace with rival factions.

The appeals came as authorities ordered a one-day vehicle ban in the city of Baqouba after deadly suicide bombings and other attacks by al-Qaida in Iraq against predominantly Sunni fighters who have allied with the United States.

British anti-terror team arrives in Pakistan to join Bhutto probe

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - British anti-terror police on Friday joined the inquiry into the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, invited by Pakistan's president in an effort to dispel accusations of government involvement.

President Pervez Musharraf also wants to quell growing demands for a U.N. investigation into the shooting and bombing attack that killed the former prime minister after a campaign rally Dec. 27.

He said the Scotland Yard investigators would provide forensic and technical expertise but warned they would not be allowed to go on a 'wild goose chase and create a political disturbance' in the country.