Hamas working with Egyptians to reimpose control at border

RAFAH, Egypt - Hamas militants joined Egyptian forces for a second day Monday in trying to restore control at three breaches in the Gaza border, building a chain-link fence to seal off one opening and directing traffic at two others.

Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians have flooded into Egypt unchecked over the past six days since Hamas militants blasted holes in the border partition. They have been voraciously buying up food, fuel and other goods made scarce by Israeli and Egyptian closures of Gaza's borders.

Youths hunt Kikuyus as ethnic bloodletting spreads in Kenya

KISUMU, Kenya - Thousands of machete-wielding youths hunted down members of President Mwai Kibaki's Kikuyu tribe Monday in western Kenya's Rift Valley, torching homes and buses, clashing with police, and blocking roads with burning tires.

Witnesses described seeing two people pulled from cars and stoned to death, while another was burned alive in a minibus - the latest victims of a month of escalating violence triggered by a disputed presidential election. The death toll has soared over 800.

Aussie minister says withdrawal of troops will not hurt US alliance

WASHINGTON - Australia's new foreign minister said Monday that his government's pledge to pull combat troops out of Iraq will not hurt its relationship with the United States, which he called indispensable to Australian security.

Foreign Minister Stephen Smith, after meeting with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, said Australia will seek to 'absolutely minimize any disruption' for the U.S. as it withdraws 550 combat troops from Iraq by mid-2008.

Trader faces preliminary charges, but not fraud

PARIS - Investigating judges filed preliminary charges Monday against a trader accused of causing billions of dollars in losses for France's second-largest bank. He was released from custody while the thorny investigation continues.

Preliminary charges of 'breach of trust' and unauthorized computer activity were filed against Jerome Kerviel, his lawyer, Christian Charriere-Bournazel, told reporters.

The judges did not pursue a fraud charge sought by the prosecutor's office.

- From wire reports