Video shows duped rebels, elated hostages
BOGOTA, Colombia - Military intelligence agents posing as aid workers and a film crew flew to the jungle aboard a white helicopter, staging a mock humanitarian mission that rebels were told would ferry their hostages to another camp for talks on a prisoner swap.
The would-be envoys had honed their accents in acting lessons: Italian, Arab, Caribbean Spanish and Australian English - 'identical to Crocodile Dundee,' Colombian Defense Minister Juan Manuel Santos said Friday as he explained how Columbia's military duped the rebels into turning over 15 hostages.
Iraqi PM says government has defeated terrorism
BAGHDAD - Iraq's prime minister said Saturday the government had defeated terrorism in the country, a sign of growing confidence after recent crackdowns against Sunni extremists and Shiite militias.
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki launched the crackdowns to extend the authority of the government over areas in Baghdad and elsewhere that have largely been under the control of armed groups since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.
10 Taliban killedwhile planting bomb, lawmaker assassinated
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Gunmen in a dangerous part of southern Afghanistan assassinated an Afghan lawmaker, while a roadside bomb militants were planting detonated prematurely, killing 10 Taliban, officials said Saturday.
The gunmen killed parliament member and former military commander Habibullah Jan after he visited an Afghan army compound in the Zhari district of Kandahar late Friday, Kandahar provincial council member Bismillih Afghanmul said.
Iran indicates it has no plans to halt enrichment
TEHRAN, Iran - Iran indicated Saturday it has no plans to meet a key Western demand that it stop enriching uranium, a day after Tehran sent the European Union a response to an international offer of incentives for halting enrichment.
The content of that response has not been made public, and there was caution about the prospects of progress.
- From wire reports