Iraqi PM to visit Syria for security talks

BAGHDAD - The Iraqi government insisted that it's not up to the United States to negotiate over Iraq's security with Syria as a delegation from the Obama administration arrived Wednesday in Damascus.

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki will make his own trip to Syria next week to discuss security, the government said, calling the issue an internal Iraqi affair. U.S. and Iraqi officials have long been concerned about the infiltration of foreign fighters across the Syrian border.

'It is not the duty of the American delegation to negotiate on behalf of Iraq,' spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh told The Associated Press.

Demjanjuk lawyer calls for case to be shut

BERLIN - John Demjanjuk's attorney filed a motion Wednesday calling for the Nazi death-camp case against his client to be closed, saying the charges against him violate German legal precedent.

Attorney Ulrich Busch said in a filing faxed to the Munich state court that even if it could be proved that Demjanjuk trained as a death camp guard at the SS's Trawniki camp and served at Sobibor in Nazi-occupied Poland, he shouldn't have been charged.

Busch argued that previous German courts have ruled that others in similar situations could not be held criminally responsible, because they risked serious punishment if they did not follow orders. The filing was provided to The Associated Press by Demjanjuk's son.

Ship disappears from Channel

LONDON - First the ship reported it had been attacked in waters off Sweden. Then it sailed with no apparent problems through The English Channel, one of the world's busiest shipping lanes. And then it disappeared.

The Arctic Sea, a Maltese-flagged cargo ship, was supposed to make port in Algeria with its cargo of timber Aug. 4. More than a week later, there's no sign of the ship or its Russian crew.

Piracy has exploded off the coast of lawless Somalia - but could this be an almost unheard of case of sea banditry in European waters?

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev ordered the country's defense minister on Wednesday to take 'all necessary measures' to find the missing cargo ship and, if necessary, to free its crew, the Kremlin said.

- From wire reports