Palestinians knock over new section of border wall

RAFAH, Gaza Strip - Hamas-backed militants driving bulldozers knocked down more fortifications Friday along the Gaza-Egypt border - a brazen challenge to Egyptian riot police, who abandoned their positions after attempting to reseal the frontier using human chains, dogs and water cannons.

Militants in black clothing, some of them masked, stood atop a bulldozer as it knocked down concrete slabs under the watchful eyes of Hamas security officials, who turned a blind eye and were later seen patrolling on the Egyptian side of the border.

Thousands of Palestinians flooded into Egypt, pushing through several openings as Egyptian troops retreated to their bases on the other side of the border. Palestinians positioned cranes next to the border and lifted crates of supplies into Gaza, including camels and cows.

Russian police arrest suspected crime lord

MOSCOW - Police in Moscow have arrested a suspected crime boss with alleged links to Russia's multibillion-dollar gas business who has long been sought by the FBI and Interpol, officials said Friday.

Semyon Mogilevich, a Ukrainian-born Russian citizen whom the FBI has identified as a major figure in international crime, was detained in Moscow late Wednesday, said Angela Kostoyeva, spokeswoman for the Russian Interior Ministry's anti-organized crime unit.

Mogilevich was detained under the alias of Sergei Schneider, the spokeswoman said, adding he has used 17 other names and holds passports from several countries. A Moscow court approved his formal arrest Thursday.

Iraq rushes more troops against al-Qaida stronghold

BAGHDAD - Shaken by two days of deadly bombings, the government said Friday it would dispatch several thousand more security forces to Mosul in a 'decisive' bid to drive al-Qaida in Iraq from its last major stronghold.

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki gave no details on troop strength or when the additional police and soldiers would arrive in Iraq's main northern city. But it added to growing signs that Mosul could represent a pivotal showdown with insurgents chased north by U.S.-led offensives.

'Today, our troops started moving toward Mosul ... and the fight there will be decisive,' al-Maliki said during a speech in the Shiite holy city of Karbala.

Car bomb kills a top terrorism investigator

BEIRUT, Lebanon - A car bomb Friday killed one of Lebanon's top terrorism investigators who was probing assassinations of prominent anti-Syrian figures and a series of other attacks in recent years.

Capt. Wissam Eid, 31, worked for the police intelligence agency, which is closely tied to the Western-backed government and had survived two previous assassination attempts. The attack also killed his bodyguard and three passers-by and wounded 37 people, police said.

Suspect says Saudi collector wanted stolen paintings

SAO PAULO, Brazil - A suspect in last month's brazen theft of two paintings by Pablo Picasso and Candido Portinari told detectives the paintings were to be delivered to a Saudi collector, authorities said Friday.

Picasso's 'Portrait of Suzanne Bloch' and 'O Lavrador de Cafe' by Portinari, an influential Brazilian artist, were stolen Dec. 20 from the Sao Paulo Museum of Art by three men who used a crowbar and car jack to force open one of the museum's steel doors.

The framed paintings were found Jan 8., covered in plastic and leaning against a wall in a house on the outskirts of Sao Paulo, South America's largest city.

Army says 30 militants killed in Pakistan violence

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Fighting spread in Pakistan's volatile borderlands on Friday as the military pounded hideouts of Taliban militants who had hijacked ammunition supply trucks, killing up to 30 suspected rebels, the army said.

Two paramilitary troops were killed and 10 wounded in the clashes around Dara Adam Khel, a town on a key strategic route linking Pakistan's northwestern frontier with the rest of the country.

Driver who killed teen sues parents over car damage

MADRID, Spain - A speeding motorist who killed a teenage cyclist is suing the boy's parents over damage to his luxury car, the government says.

Enaitz Iriondo, 17, died instantly in August 2004 when businessman Tomas Delgado's Audi A8 crashed into him at 100 mph near Haro in northern Spain, an Interior Ministry traffic report said. The speed limit was 55 mph.

Iriondo was not wearing reflective clothing or a helmet, the ministry report said. As the sun had set when he crossed the path of Delgado's car from a side road, a regional court found both parties at fault and closed the case, the report said.