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WORLD IN BRIEF: Detained militant details World Cup plot

BAGHDAD -- An alleged al-Qaida militant detained in Iraq said Tuesday he had talked to friends about attacking Danish and Dutch teams at the World Cup in South Africa next month to avenge insults against the Prophet Muhammad.

Iraqi security forces holding a Saudi citizen identified as Abdullah Azam Saleh al-Qahtani arranged for The Associated Press to interview him at an unidentified government building in Baghdad. He said he initially came to Iraq in 2004 to fight Americans and was recruited by al-Qaida.

Documents found in the house where two top al-Qaida in Iraq figures -- Abu Ayyub al-Masri and Abu Omar al-Baghdadi -- were killed, including a note written by al-Qahtani detailing a plan to launch attacks at the World Cup, led to his arrest on May 3. Iraqi authorities made it public on Monday.

7 killed means deadliest day of year for troops in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan -- A suicide bomber detonated his vehicle near a U.S. convoy Tuesday, killing 18 people, including six troops -- five Americans and a Canadian -- in the deadliest attack on NATO in the Afghan capital in eight months.

Two other American service members were killed in separate attacks in the south, making Tuesday the deadliest day of the year for U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

The Canadian, Col. Geoff Parker, 42, was the highest-ranking member of the Canadian Forces to die in Afghanistan since the Canadian mission began in 2002, the country's military said.

UN powers back new sanctions against Iran

UNITED NATIONS -- The United States has introduced a resolution backed by all veto-wielding members of the U.N. Security Council that would impose new sanctions against Iran.

U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice circulated the resolution to the 10 nonpermanent council members Tuesday, a day after Tehran sought to stave off sanctions through a deal to swap nuclear materials.

Rice said the resolution would give ''greater teeth'' to existing sanctions and add ''strong'' new measures to intensify pressure on the Iranian government to resolve concerns that its nuclear program is peaceful and not aimed at producing nuclear weapons.