Norway: Gore arrives for prize
OSLO Former Vice President Al Gore skipped the traditional airport motorcade and took public transportation when he arrived Friday in Oslo to accept the Nobel Peace Prize he shared for his campaign against global warming.
Gore will accept the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize he shared with the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change at a ceremony in the Norwegian capital on Monday.
Upon arriving in Oslo, Gore urged countries meeting at a climate conference in Bali, Indonesia, "to promptly produce a strong mandate." The governments hope to finish drafting a new climate treaty by 2009, with a current target of 2012 for ratification.
Iraq: 2 bombings kill 22
BAGHDAD A woman with explosives strapped to her body attacked the office of a Sunni group that had turned against al-Qaida in Iraq one of two suicide bombings in Diyala province northeast of Baghdad that left at least 22 people dead Friday.
An Iraqi official claimed the woman was seeking revenge for her two sons who were killed fighting for al-Qaida. The two brazen attacks were the latest in a series of al-Qaida assaults against members of the new "awakening groups" mostly Sunnis including former insurgents who have begun cooperating with the Americans to rid their communities of extremists.
Lebanon: Constitutional feud
BEIRUT Parliament on Friday again failed to meet on electing a new president, as Lebanon's factions deadlocked over a tangle of issues, including an amendment to the constitution and the shape of a future government.
Politicians have been moving toward a deal to name the army commander as president, a compromise to end the dangerous power vacuum since President Emile Lahoud stepped down Nov. 23 with no successor. But installing Gen. Michel Suleiman as president requires an amendment to the constitution, which currently bars a sitting army commander from holding the post. The feuding factions cannot agree on how to change the constitution.
South Korea: Oil reaches shore
SEOUL Oil from a damaged supertanker has reached an ecologically sensitive shoreline on South Korea's western coast, a Coast Guard official said Saturday.
About four miles of coastline near Mallipo beach, approximately 95 miles southwest of Seoul, has been affected, said Jung Se-hi, a spokesman at the Coast Guard headquarters in Iuncheon. The region is popular for its scenic beaches and is also the site of fish farms, a national maritime park and an important rest stop for migrating birds.
Some 2.7 million gallons of oil gushed Friday from a 146,000-ton Hong Kong-registered supertanker after a barge carrying a crane slammed into it about seven miles off Mallipo beach. The spill was the country's largest, involving twice as much oil as a spill in 1995.
Sudan: Peace talks concern
EL FASHER Signs of renewed fighting in Darfur are a worrying omen for peace talks, a U.N. special envoy said Friday as he toured the troubled region in an attempt to draw reluctant rebels into negotiations with Sudan's government.
Jan Eliasson is on a four-day trip to Darfur to press key leaders of the splintered rebel factions to unify their positions and join in the peace process that began in October but quickly broke off. He had planned to meet Friday with Khalil Ibrahim, the powerful leader of the Justice and Equality Movement, but U.N. security officers would not allow his helicopter to go to the secret Darfur location where the meeting was to be held.