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WORLD IN BRIEF: Flights resume in Europe, but chaos not over

LONDON -- Many European flights took to the skies Tuesday for the first time in days, with even Britain's busy airports promising to reopen, but the travel chaos was far from over: a massive flight backlog was growing and scientists feared yet another volcanic eruption in Iceland.

London airports were closed during the day Tuesday, and in the evening officials said they would reopen all U.K. airports Tuesday night. British Airways said it hoped to land two dozen flights in London from the United States, Asia and Africa.

It was the first day since Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano erupted last Wednesday that travelers were given a glimmer of hope.

Cheers and applause broke out as flights took off from Paris' Charles de Gaulle Airport, Amsterdam and elsewhere. German airspace remained officially closed but 800 planes were allowed to land or take off, all flying at low altitude.

Killings boost Iraq's leader

BAGHDAD -- Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has gotten a much-needed boost from the killings of two al-Qaida leaders and a court-ordered recount of some votes from the indecisive election at a time when he is fighting for his political life.

Even rival politicians acknowledge the joint U.S.-Iraqi operation Sunday that killed the al-Qaida leaders was a significant achievement for a prime minister who has seen his reputation for bringing stability to the country tarnished by a string of bombings in central Baghdad that have killed hundreds.

Al-Maliki is keen to burnish his image as the leader who can secure Iraq, especially at a time when U.S. troops are preparing to go home.

Lap dance teachers now out of work

WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- A pair of Canadian high school teachers whose enthusiasm at a pep rally morphed into a mock lap dance that became an Internet sensation are now out of jobs.

Jackie Sneesby, chairwoman of the Winnipeg School Division, said teacher Chrystie Fitchner's resignation was accepted Monday while the short-term contract for Adeil Ahmed expired and would not be renewed.

Stunned students pulled out their cell phones at Churchill High School in February and captured video of the fully clothed couple as they performed a sexually suggestive bump and grind that included a brief moment of simulated oral sex.

School Trustee Mike Babinsky said when the clip was posted to YouTube, there were 2 million hits within the first couple of days.