Snow shuts down London

LONDON - The biggest snowfall to hit London in 18 years idled the city's trademark red buses and Underground trains Monday, stranded thousands of airline passengers and raised the vexing question of why a predicted winter storm caught authorities so unprepared.

Transit officials had nearly a week to get ready, but they failed to keep things running normally in the capital, which was buried under more than four inches of snow overnight and another four inches in the afternoon.

Israel rules out Hamas talks, threatens force

HERZLIYA, Israel - The Israeli foreign minister pledged Monday to keep hitting Hamas as long as it attacks Israel, ruling out negotiations with the militant Islamic rulers of Gaza just eight days before national elections in which she is running for prime minister.

Tzipi Livni's tough statement came as a Hamas delegation discussed terms for a long-term truce with Israel through Egyptian mediators, building on a two-week informal cease-fire that followed Israel's bruising offensive in Gaza.

Iraq orders vehicle ban fearing anger over election

BAGHDAD - Iraq's military Monday ordered a nighttime vehicle ban across a once-violent Sunni-dominated province after tribal leaders there claimed fraud in last weekend's provincial election, an official said.

The official said the Anbar tribal leaders who turned against al-Qaida two years ago were angry because they believed the results of the Saturday ballot have been manipulated to favor Sunni rivals from the Iraqi Islamic Party, which is part of the national government in Baghdad.

Bomber in police uniform kills 21 Afghan policemen

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - A suicide bomber in a police uniform detonated his explosives inside a police training center in southern Afghanistan on Monday, killing 21 officers and wounding at least 20, officials said. The Taliban claimed responsibility.

The bomber entered the training facility in Tirin Kot, the capital of Uruzgan province, as the police reservists were exercising, said Juma Gul Himat, the provincial police chief.