Bin Laden warns Europe of retaliation
CAIRO - Osama bin Laden demanded that European countries pull their troops out of Afghanistan in a new audiotape Friday, warning of 'retaliation' against them for their alliance with the United States in the war.
The al-Qaida leader denounced NATO airstrikes in Afghanistan that have killed civilians and warned that European countries would be held accountable alongside the Americans unless they withdraw from the country.
'A wise person would not waste his sons and money for a gang of criminals in Washington ... In summary, we are not asking too much or an invalid demand, but it would be fair that you lift your oppression and withdraw your troops,' bin Laden said.
Venezuela seeks uranium with Iran's help
CARACAS, Venezuela - Iran is helping to detect uranium deposits in Venezuela and initial evaluations suggest reserves are significant, President Hugo Chavez's government said Friday.
Mining Minister Rodolfo Sanz said Iran has been assisting Venezuela with geophysical survey flights and geochemical analysis of the deposits.
Toxic algae complaints up in France
PARIS - The prosecutor's office is studying up to 300 complaints linked to noxious green algae after the death of a horse this summer on a beach in Brittany, a judicial official said Friday.
Suspicions that tons of decaying green algae may be behind illnesses, comas or deaths reported over more than a decade gained credence with the death on July 28 of the thoroughbred on a beach in Saint-Michel-en-Greve. The rider, who was walking the horse, passed out.
Lawyer wants new trial for Moussaoui
RICHMOND, Va. - Sept. 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui's guilty plea was invalid because he was denied potentially helpful evidence and was restricted in choosing his own counsel, his lawyer told the court Friday.
A federal prosecutor countered that Moussaoui got exactly what he wanted when he ignored his attorneys' advice and pleaded guilty before the evidence he had sought could be provided.