WORLD IN BRIEF: Police recover jewelry stolen from Cartier

Police recover jewelry stolen from Cartier

PARIS -- Police say they have recovered nearly $1,181,900 in jewels stolen last month in a holdup at a Cartier jewelry store in the southeastern French city of Lyon.

A police official said officers came across the stash by accident while searching the apartment of a suspect in another jewelry theft. The suspect is still at large.

The police official spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday because of department policy.

In the Nov. 26 attack on the Cartier store, thieves used a sledgehammer to smash through the reinforced glass on the downtown storefront. They then swiped jewelry and watches from display cases.

The attackers roughed up the store's manager and slapped one customer but no one was injured.

UN: 2000-09 likely warmest decade ever on record

COPENHAGEN -- This decade is on track to become the warmest since records began in 1850, and 2009 could rank among the top-five warmest years, the U.N. weather agency reported Tuesday on the second day of a pivotal 192-nation climate conference.

Only the United States and Canada experienced cooler conditions than average, the World Meteorological Organization said, although Alaska had the second-warmest July on record.

In central Africa and southern Asia, this will probably be the warmest year, but overall, 2009 will ''be about the fifth-warmest year on record,'' said Michel Jarraud, secretary-general of the WMO.

McChrystal supports new war strategy

WASHINGTON -- The general in charge of the war in Afghanistan said Tuesday he expects to know by this time next year whether the new troop buildup is reversing Taliban momentum and he believes he will be able to draw down forces in 2011 without asking for more.

Gen. Stanley McChrystal, appearing before House and Senate panels a week after President Barack Obama announced his new surge-and-exit strategy, said he had not recommended the 18-month expiration date for the surge that Obama applied and would have preferred more forces than he is being given. Still, he supported the plan without reservation.

Fire chief suspended in club blaze probe

MOSCOW -- The fire chief of a Russian city where a nightclub blaze killed 119 revelers was suspended along with five subordinates Tuesday and authorities said inspection records for the club appear to have been falsified.

President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin urged a broad review of fire regulations, demanding tougher enforcement and lambasting officials and businessmen for their irresponsibility.

Series of blasts hit Baghdad, kill at least 127

BAGHDAD -- A series of coordinated attacks struck Baghdad Tuesday, including two suicide car bombers and another vehicle that blew up near government sites. At least 127 were killed and hundreds wounded in the worst wave of violence in the capital in more than a month, authorities said.

A total of five attacks, which also included a suicide car bomb on a police patrol, showed the ability of insurgents to strike high-profile targets in the heart of Baghdad and marked the third time since August that government buildings were targeted with multiple blasts.

Students, militia clash in 2nd day of Iran protest

TEHRAN, Iran -- Hard-line militiamen firing tear gas and throwing stones stormed a crowd of thousands of university students protesting for a second day Tuesday, as Iran threatened a tougher crackdown on the opposition after the biggest anti-government demonstrations in months.

More than 200 people were arrested in Tehran on Monday during protests by tens of thousands at universities nationwide.