Britain: Sarkozy visit
LONDON French President Nicolas Sarkozy ended his state visit Thursday by stressing he could boycott the Beijing Olympics' opening ceremony, striking a rare note of conflict with his hosts after two days of pomp, ceremony and promises of a new era of cooperation.
Sarkozy and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown showcased their friendship during the French leader's 36-hour trip, sealing a multibillion-dollar defense deal, vowing to jointly press the United States on climate change and to curb the spread of nuclear weapons technology.
Britain: Rights breached
LONDON The British military admitted Thursday that some of its troops breached the human rights of an Iraqi man who died in custody and of eight other detained Iraqis.
The Ministry of Defense said it expects to negotiate compensation for the survivors of the dead man, Baha Mousa, and with the eight former detainees.
The nine were taken into custody as suspected insurgents, then were held in stress positions and deprived of sleep for about two days in extreme heat at a British army barracks near the southern Iraqi city of Basra in September 2003, prosecutors told a British military court.
Chile: An ear for an ear?
SANTIAGO The angry mayor of Easter Island said Thursday he wished the Finnish tourist accused of chipping an earlobe off an ancient Maoi could have his ear clipped off as "justice" for damaging one of the world-famous statues.
Finnish tourist Marko Kulju, 26, issued a public apology through a Chilean newspaper on Thursday, saying he regretted the incident that has caused an uproar on the South Pacific island, a Chilean territory.
It was not clear whether Mayor Pedro Edmunds Paoa had read the published apology.
Haiti: Ex-rebel may seek office
PORT-AU-PRINCE A former Haitian rebel wanted by the U.S. on drug-trafficking charges said Thursday that he plans to run for Senate.
Guy Philippe, whose rebel band helped topple President Jean-Bertrand Aristide during a 2004 revolt, has been in hiding since U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents and Haitian police raided his home in July.
Pakistan: U.S. won't interfere
KARACHI A senior U.S. envoy promised Thursday that Washington would not interfere in Pakistan's politics to save longtime ally President Pervez Musharraf, but he was cautious on the new government's hopes to talk peace with pro-Taliban forces.
Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte offered little defense for Musharraf, the former army general whose help in combatting Islamic extremists was deemed crucial by Washington after the Sept. 11 attack on the United States.
Zimbabwe: Farmer sentenced
HARARE A court handed a suspended sentence Thursday to the first white farmer convicted of defying an order to vacate his property under Zimbabwe's campaign to put more land in black hands.
A Harare magistrate gave Deon Theron, a vice president of the white-dominated Commercial Farmers Union, one month to leave his farm and a six-month prison sentence, suspended for five years on condition he does not violate the Land Act.