Britain: 84 horses rescued

LONDON — British police and animal welfare authorities rescued 84 neglected horses Wednesday from a farm where they had found 31 dead horses, ponies and donkeys, officials said.

Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals officials were called to the farm in Amersham, 35 miles west of London, on Friday, the RSPCA said in a statement.

A 44-year-old man was arrested for allegedly assaulting a police officer and causing criminal damage, Thames Valley Police said.

China: Glowing success

BEIJING — A cloned pig whose genes were altered to make it glow fluorescent green has passed on the trait to its young, a development that could lead to the future breeding of pigs for human transplant organs, a Chinese university reported.

The glowing piglets' birth proves transgenic pigs are fertile and able to pass on their engineered traits to their offspring, according to Liu Zhonghua, a professor overseeing the breeding program at Northeast Agricultural University.

France: Threat investigated

PARIS — French prosecutors are investigating a cryptic e-mail sent to an Islamic Web site urging attacks on the capital's mayor and its tourist sites, judicial officials said Wednesday.

The e-mail's sender and the site were not identified by the officials. They said only that the message went to an Internet site run by Salafists, or Islamic fundamentalists.

Greece: Sanctuary breached

THESSALONIKI — A group of female protesters locked in a land dispute with the Greek Orthodox Church defied a 1,000-year-old ban and entered the all-male Mount Athos monastic sanctuary in northern Greece, a police official said Wednesday.

A police spokesman said the small group of nearby villagers, including at least six women, climbed over a fence Tuesday and briefly entered the self-governing peninsula, where women are strictly forbidden.

Parliament member Litsa Amanatidou Paschalidou was among the women who entered the sanctuary. She called it a "purely symbolic act."

Mexico: Border incursions

MEXICO CITY — The U.S. Border Patrol confirmed 29 recorded incursions into the U.S. by Mexican military or other government agents in the last 12 months, according to a report made public Wednesday by a watchdog group.

Judicial Watch, a conservative, U.S.-based public interest group, said in a news release that Mexican officials were armed in 17 of the 29 incursions during the fiscal year between October 2005 to October 2006.

Pakistan: Crackdown on party

ISLAMABAD — Benazir Bhutto's political party said Wednesday that authorities were carrying out a massive crackdown on its supporters to stop them from taking part in next month's elections.

The government in Bhutto's home province of Sindh denied her party had been targeted, but said around 1,000 people had been arrested on charges stemming from rioting that broke out after her Dec. 27 assassination.

The violence left 60 people dead and caused tens of millions of dollars in damage.

Russia: Blast rips apartments

MOSCOW — A natural gas blast ripped through an apartment building in Russia's Tatarstan region early Wednesday, killing at least seven people, officials said.

Others were feared trapped beneath the rubble in freezing temperatures.

The explosion brought down an entire section of the three-story brick building in Tatarstan's capital, Kazan.

Venezuela: Rescue plan OK'd

CARACAS — Colombian rebels on Wednesday provided a pickup location for two hostages they have held for years, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said, and the Colombian government gave him the green light to launch a rescue mission.

Chavez said the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, sent him the coordinates to pick up Clara Rojas — an aide to former Colombian presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt — and former congresswoman Consuelo Gonzalez.