Policy gains could be tough for Obama

LONDON - There is little question that Barack Obama captured Europe's heart during the tumultuous visit that ended Saturday evening, but hard questions remain about whether Obama, if he wins, could transform that enthusiasm into concrete policy gains.

After the harsh anti-Americanism that has thrived in Europe for most of this decade, it was jarring to see a U.S. politician receive such adoration from the public, press and the continent's leaders, who seemed almost to swoon in his presence.

Polls show not only that a strong majority in countries like Britain would choose Obama over Republican rival John McCain if they could, but also that the general distaste for the United States has softened somewhat as Obama's White House bid gathers pace.

Fatah activists detained in Gaza

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Hamas security arrested about 200 supporters of the rival Fatah group, hurled grenades at the home of a Fatah leader and set up checkpoints across Gaza on Saturday after a mysterious beachside blast that killed five Hamas members and a 6-year-old girl.

Hamas leaders blamed Fatah for Friday's explosion and began the toughest crackdown against the rival group in recent months. A Gaza-based human rights group reported Hamas security officials arrested at least 160 Fatah loyalists, and some 40 institutions connected to the group were raided.

War crimes suspect lodges appeal by mail

BELGRADE, Serbia - A leading Serbian newspaper reported Saturday that Radovan Karadzic's lawyer had mailed a last-minute appeal against the extradition of the former Bosnian warlord, but the lawyer later would not confirm or deny it.

The Karadzic defense team had until midnight Friday to lodge a formal appeal. Proof of postage is sufficient.

Cambodians go to polls today

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia - A dispute with neighboring Thailand over border land near an 11th century Hindu temple has sparked nationalist pride throughout Cambodia and strengthened the longtime prime minister's popularity ahead of elections today.

Thailand sent troops to the border after Thai anti-government demonstrators assembled near the Preah Vihear temple.