Female suicide bomber kills 40 in Iraq

BAGHDAD - A female suicide bomber struck a tent filled with women and children resting during a pilgrimage south of Baghdad on Friday, killing 40 people and wounding about 80 in the deadliest of three straight days of attacks against Shiite worshippers.

US suspect says she's innocent

PERUGIA, Italy - Sounding confident and speaking fluent Italian, a U.S. student charged with murdering her British roommate told a court Friday she was innocent and was sure the truth would come out.

Amanda Knox was making her first public statements since she was arrested in the slaying of Meredith Kercher. Knox addressed the court after an acquaintance testified she had been indifferent in the hours after Kercher was found dead Nov. 2, 2007.

Plane crashes in London; 1 goes to hospital

LONDON - A British Airways passenger jet carrying 72 people crash-landed at London City Airport on Friday evening after part of its landing gear failed, officials said. One person was taken to a hospital with a minor injury.

BA Flight 8456 was flying from Amsterdam to London and the airline said in a statement the plane's nosewheel failed on landing. Firefighters said the plane, which crashed onto the runway, was carrying 67 passengers and five crew. London ambulance officials said four people were treated for minor injuries.

Chavez: Delay Valentine's Day celebrations

CARACAS, Venezuela - Cancel the candlelight and return the roses. President Hugo Chavez wants Venezuelans to postpone Valentine's Day until after a referendum Sunday.

In return, Chavez promises a 'week of love' beginning the next day - assuming he wins the vote, which would let public officials run for re-election as many times as they want.

'We're going to be in battle,' Chavez said. 'After achieving our great victory, the week of love begins.'

Chavez had already put a damper on Valentine's Day with a dry law that took effect Friday afternoon, barring stores, restaurants and bars from selling alcohol.