Qantas jet lands with gaping hole in its fuselage
MANILA, Philippines - The 346 passengers were cruising at 29,000 feet Friday when an explosive bang shook the Qantas jumbo jet. The plane descended rapidly. Oxygen masks dropped from the ceiling as debris flew through the cabin from a hole that had suddenly appeared in the floor.
It wasn't until they were safely on the ground after an emergency landing that they realized how lucky they had been: A hole the size of a small car had been ripped into the Boeing 747-400's metal skin and penetrated the fuselage.
The eerie scene aboard Flight QF 30, captured on a passenger's cell phone video-camera, showed a tense quiet punctuated only by a baby's cries as passengers sat with oxygen masks on their faces.
Police: Paparazzi, guards fight at Jolie chateau
PARIS - French police said camouflaged paparazzi who managed to get onto the grounds of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's chateau in southern France on Thursday fought with the Hollywood couple's guards. Both the paparazzi and the Jolie-Pitt's head of security confirmed the confrontation but gave widely different versions of events.
Freelance photographer Luc Goursolas said he broke a guard's finger and bit another until he bled, and that they hit him with a walkie-talkie, punched and kicked him, leaving a head wound that required three stitches.
Bush expands sanctions on Zimbabwe
WASHINGTON - President Bush signed an executive order on Friday to expand sanctions against what he calls the 'illegitimate' regime of Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe and his supporters.
Bush's action was meant to send a strong message that the U.S. will not permit individuals closely linked to Mugabe to operate in U.S. financial markets. The new sanctions also are meant to add pressure on Mugabe, whose ruling party recently began power-sharing talks with the opposition to try to resolve the country's economic and political crisis.
2 NATO soldiers killed in southern Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan - A British army dog handler was fatally shot by insurgents in southern Afghanistan, where a Danish soldier died in a separate roadside bomb attack, officials said Friday.
Britain's Ministry of Defense said the soldier from the Royal Army Veterinary Corps was hit by small arms fire during a patrol in the Sangin area of Helmand province on Thursday. An explosives sniffer dog also died.
Karadzic gets interviewed on arrest details
BELGRADE, Serbia - A prosecutor interviewed war crimes suspect Radovan Karadzic on Friday about the details of his arrest, his lawyer said, amid efforts by the ex-Bosnian Serb warlord to fight his extradition to the U.N. war crimes tribunal.
Karadzic has until midnight Friday to lodge a formal appeal against a handover to the war crimes court in The Hague, Netherlands, Serbian court spokeswoman Ivana Ramic told The Associated Press.
Once the Serb court receives the appeal, a panel of judges will meet to decide on it, Ramic explained. After that, the case will be handed over to the Serbian government, which issues the final extradition order.
47 dead, 100 missing in Congo boat accident
KINSHASA, Congo - At least 47 people died when a motorized boat sank on a river in Congo, and more than 100 people are missing, a district official said Friday.
Twenty-seven people are known to have survived, said Mathieu Modeste Bella, district commissioner of North Ubangi province in the far north of the central African country.
Nationalists snatch Scottish seat from Labour
GLASGOW, Scotland - Britain's governing party suffered a sobering election defeat in a Scottish stronghold Friday, a personal rebuke to Prime Minister Gordon Brown from voters in one of the country's poorest districts at a time of growing economic uncertainty.
Delegates meet in September for the governing Labour Party's annual conference, but it's unlikely they will stage a revolt against Brown. Choosing a new leader for Labour would be a gamble, given the small pool of successors who could actually beat the charismatic Conservative leader David Cameron in a general election, due by 2010