Hugo Chavez says Venezuela doesn't seek war

CARACAS, Venezuela - President Hugo Chavez charged Wednesday that Colombia and its allies in Washington are responsible for the intensifying crisis in this region - and said perpetual conflict with the United States is inevitable.

'It must be said: They, the empire and its lackeys, are war. We are peace. We are the path to peace,' Chavez said in a televised speech, his first since Colombia alleged that documents found in a leftist rebel's computer show the Venezuelan leader has been supporting Colombian guerrillas for years.

Chavez, who ordered 10 battalions of troops to reinforce Venezuela's border with Colombia after Colombian troops entered Ecuador on Saturday to attack a rebel hideout, spoke as diplomats struggled to defuse the crisis.

Survivors of Peru massacre awarded $37M

MIAMI - A federal judge has ordered a former Peruvian army officer to pay $37 million for his role in a 1985 massacre in Peru in which 69 civilians were slain, including elderly people and infants.

U.S. District Judge Adalberto Jordan ruled Tuesday in a lawsuit filed against former Maj. Telmo Hurtado by two women - Ochoa Lizarbe and Pulido Baldeon - who were 12 at the time and survived the attack.

Jordan had previously found in the lawsuit that Hurtado had committed torture, war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Polish museum gets collection of mail from 1944 Warsaw Uprising

WARSAW, Poland - During a doomed revolt against Nazi occupation in 1944, young insurgents organized their own postal service to help city residents get information to relatives cut off by street-to-street fighting in Warsaw.

The Warsaw Uprising museum took possession Wednesday of some of the letters, which testify to the Poles' anguish and offer insight into one of the most painful moments of the country's history.

Israel tests suicide bomber-resistant buses

JERUSALEM - Israeli officials said Wednesday that they are testing four buses with blast-proof windows, specialized doors and other features designed to protect passengers from suicide bombers.

The buses being tested in Jerusalem are equipped with a turnstile that allows the driver to inspect the passengers as they get on the bus and a back door designed for exit only.

- From wire reports