WORLD IN BRIEF: Arab nations back indirect peace talks

Arab nations back indirect peace talks

CAIRO -- Arab nations on Saturday endorsed indirect peace talks between the Palestinians and Israelis, a move that likely paves the way for the start of long-stalled U.S.-brokered negotiations.

The United States has proposed the talks to end the impasse between Israelis and Palestinians over the conditions for resuming negotiations, which broke down more than a year ago amid Israel's military offensive in the Gaza Strip.

The green light from Arab foreign ministers comes after a first attempt to get indirect talks going collapsed in March when Israel announced a new Jewish housing project in east Jerusalem. The Israeli decision enraged Palestinians, who claim east Jerusalem as a future capital, and drew fierce criticism from the United States.

Explosions inside a Somali mosque kill 30

MOGADISHU, Somalia -- Two bombs exploded inside a small mosque in Mogadishu's main market on Saturday, killing at least 30 people in the first Iraq-style bombing inside a house of worship in Somalia, officials said.

The blasts in the Bakara market went off while people were sitting inside the Abdala Shideye mosque waiting for noon prayers. The bombings highlight the increasingly violent path Somali militants are taking following an influx of insurgents into the country from the Afghanistan conflict, fighters who are now training Somali militants.

The targeted mosque is tiny -- only about 25 square yards -- and sits in a crowded market among electronic shops.

Thousands march to mark Cuba's May Day

HAVANA -- Hundreds of thousands of Cubans marched through the sprawling, concrete expanses of Revolution Plaza on Saturday in annual May Day celebrations that the government said prove the island supports its communist system even amid mounting international criticism over human rights.

The turnout has long been massive for International Workers' Day, but this year officials assigned the event special meaning, saying it was Cuba's response to Washington, the European Union and international journalists who have conspired to tarnish its reputation after the death of a hunger striker and a protest by another opposition activist.