Egypt: Bodies recovered

ALEXANDRIA — Rescue workers have pulled 12 bodies from the rubble of a 12-story building that collapsed in Egypt's Mediterranean port city of Alexandria, the city police chief said Tuesday.

Three people were rescued while 15 more are feared dead, Maj. Gen. Abdel-Meguid Selim told The Associated Press. On Monday, when the building collapsed, officials reported at least three dead.

"We are in a race against time," Selim said. "We hope to get as many victims alive as possible," he added.

Israel: Pessimism over peace

JERUSALEM — Israelis and Palestinians responding to a survey believe a recent U.S.-sponsored peace conference was a failure and think their leaders won't manage to sign a peace deal in the next year, according to results released Tuesday.

Israelis were more pessimistic, with 74 percent saying the peace summit last month in Annapolis, Md., was a failure compared with 59 percent of Palestinians, according to the poll.

The Annapolis conference officially relaunched Israeli-Palestinian peace talks after a violent seven-year freeze.

Mauritania: Killers sought

NOUAKCHOTT — Mauritanian prosecutors on Tuesday called the brutal slaying of four French tourists a terrorist act and said security forces were hunting three men suspected of links to a regional al-Qaida terror network.

Gunmen opened fire Monday on the tourists, who were members of the same family, while they were picnicking on the side of a road near Aleg, a small town 150 miles east of Mauritania's capital, Nouakchott, police said.

Nepal: Bridge collapses

KATMANDU — A steel footbridge collapsed Tuesday in western Nepal under the weight of hundreds of people on their way to a fair, plunging scores about 100 feet into icy Himalayan waters. At least 15 were killed and more than 100 were missing and feared dead, officials said.

Troops were being rushed to the area to assist with search-and-rescue operations. But with efforts halted by nightfall, hopes were slim of finding more survivors in the fast-flowing mountain river, said Anil Pandey, the top government official in the area.

Authorities believe some 500 people traveling to a village fair were crossing the Bheri River on the bridge when its support cables snapped.

Panama: Crash victims found

PANAMA CITY — The bodies of a California businessman, his teenage daughter and the Panamanian pilot of a plane that crashed over the weekend were found Tuesday in Panama's mountains, officials said. A 12-year-old American girl survived.

Michael Klein, 37, Talia Klein, 13, and pilot Edwin Lasso, 23, were found dead in an uninhabited region of Panama known as Las Ovejas, about 270 miles west of the capital, the civil protection agency said.

The civil aviation authority said in a separate statement that the wreckage was found on the slope of the Baru volcano, at an altitude of some 3,500 feet.

Francesca Lewis, a friend of Talia's who was traveling with the Kleins, survived and was hospitalized with hypothermia and multiple traumas, civil protection officials said.