Afghanistan: Taliban threat
KABUL The Taliban said Tuesday that its suicide bombers would attack restaurants where Westerners eat in Kabul, an ominous new threat that forced American and European workers to restrict outings in the Afghan capital.
The country's intelligence chief linked Monday's deadly attack on the Serena Hotel a well-guarded, high-profile property in Kabul frequented by Westerners to a Pakistani militant. Afghan officials arrested four people, and said they included one of the three attackers, who was disguised in a police uniform for the assault.
Austria: Chimp not a person
VIENNA A chimpanzee cannot be declared a person, Austria's Supreme Court has ruled, activists said Tuesday.
An animal rights group had sought to have the chimp, Matthew Hiasl Pan, declared a person in hopes of gaining guardianship of the animal.
The shelter where Matthew has lived for 25 years is going bankrupt, threatening to leave him homeless. Donors have offered to help support him, but under Austrian law, only a person can receive personal gifts.
Georgia: Thousands protest
TBILISI Tens of thousands of people demonstrated Tuesday in Georgia's capital, pressing for a presidential runoff but celebrating an agreement giving the opposition more control over the main state-funded television station.
Mikhail Saakashvili's inauguration for a second term is expected early next week. Opposition leaders reiterated calls for a runoff between Levan Gachechiladze and Saakashvili, who they claim fell short of the 50 percent needed for an outright win.
Kenya: More violence feared
NAIROBI Legislators chose an opposition member as parliament speaker in a close vote Tuesday, giving a victory to foes of Kenya's president as they prepared for mass protest rallies that raised fears of new violence over last month's disputed election.
Soldiers stood guard outside the National Assembly, and security forces were expected to be out in force today to guard against unrest with the start of three days of demonstrations against President Mwai Kibaki.
Mexico: Gunmen kill 5
TIJUANA Gunmen shot and killed three Tijuana police officers in a night of bloody violence just south of the border with California, Mexican officials said Tuesday.
In the first attack, Tijuana District Commander Jose de Jesus Arias Rico and his assistant Elbert Escobedo Marquez were shot as they traveled in a private vehicle after finishing their shift late Monday, Baja California prosecutors said in a statement.
Hours later, before dawn Tuesday, another district commander, Margarito Saldana, was shot dead while he slept in his home, Tijuana municipal police said. The man's wife was also killed at the scene, and his 12-year-old daughter died after being taken to a hospital in critical condition.
Vatican: Pope cancels visit
Pope Benedict XVI has canceled his visit to a Rome university following protests by secular professors and students, the Vatican said Tuesday.
Such a cancellation of a scheduled papal event is extremely rare, and the few times it has happened in recent decades, the Vatican cited security concerns.
About 60 of the 4,500 professors at the university had signed a letter to the university rector, opposing the visit. Banners reading "Science is secular" and "No pope" have been strung from university buildings, and posters plastered on walls objected to the visit.