Man sets himself on fire, cops say

LONDON - A man apparently set himself on fire outside Britain's Parliament on Friday and he was taken to a hospital with superficial burns, authorities said.

Police said the man was on fire 'for a short time' in Parliament Square in the heart of London. Without saying specifically that the man attempted self-immolation, police said they did not believe anyone else was involved.

A police spokesman said the man's burns were superficial and 'certainly not critical.' He spoke on condition of anonymity in line with force policy.

Alleged shooting spurs protests

KABUL - Hundreds of people blocked roads and fought with police in southern Afghanistan on Friday over unconfirmed reports that Polish troops fired guns in a village mosque, in a protest underscoring Afghans' growing mistrust of international forces.

Both NATO forces and Polish officials said they had no reports of any such incident. Polish troops are deployed in the province but there were no records of international troops in the immediate area, NATO added.

205 nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

OSLO - President Barack Obama and his French counterpart Nicolas Sarkozy are believed to be among a record 205 nominations for the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize.

The secretive five-member awards committee, which released its final nominations count on Friday, keeps the names of candidates secret for 50 years. But some of the thousands of people with nominating rights do announce their nominees.

'It is very easy to be nominated for the peace prize, but that is in no way an endorsement by the committee,' said Geir Lundestad, the Norwegian awards committee's nonvoting secretary.

Victims ID'd in plane crash

AMSTERDAM - The bodies of nine people killed in the crash of a Turkish Airlines flight in the Netherlands have been formally identified, a Dutch mayor said Friday.

Theo Weterings of Haarlemmermeer said the five Turkish victims would be taken home as soon as further formalities and paperwork allow, while the U.S. Consulate was still deciding when to transport the bodies of the four Americans killed.

Of 135 people on the Boeing 737-800 that shattered into three pieces in a field shortly before it was due to land Wednesday morning, 63 remained hospitalized, one in critical condition, Weterings said.