Colombia: Extradition OK'd
BOGOTA A feared far-right warlord can be extradited to the U.S. to face charges of drug trafficking, the country's Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.
President Alvaro Uribe quickly said he would sign the order to extradite Carlos Jimenez, also known as Macaco.
"The government announced its decision and it will be carried out," the president said, referring to earlier commitments to send Jimenez to the U.S.
Iraq: Basra unrest
BAGHDAD Iraqi soldiers rolled through a Shiite militia stronghold in Basra on Wednesday, drawing scattered bombs and bullets that wounded a camera operator for a U.S.-funded TV station and narrowly missed the commander of government troops in the city.
Followers of anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr accused the army of violating an Iranian-brokered agreement that ended last week's fighting, which erupted in Basra and quickly engulfed Baghdad and major cities of the Shiite south.
Those complaints raised concern that fighting could flare again as the Iraqi government and Shiite militias maneuver for control of Basra the country's oil capital 340 miles southeast of Baghdad and a major commercial center of 2 million people.
Japan: U.S. Navy cuts partying
TOKYO The U.S. Navy imposed limits Wednesday on travel and alcohol consumption by personnel at its base near Tokyo following the killing of a Japanese taxi driver.
The limits start immediately and will last at least through Monday when the measures will be reviewed, said Cmdr. David Waterman, a Navy spokesman.
No alcohol will be sold on the base and public drinking by personnel will be banned due to "a period of heightened sensitivity" over the stabbing of 61-year-old taxi driver Masaaki Takahashi last month in Yokosuka, just south of Tokyo and home to the U.S. naval base, Waterman said.
Russia: Stalin aide dies
MOSCOW Nikolai Baibakov, who served as Josef Stalin's oil commissar and later guided the Soviet Union's planned economy for two decades, has died. He was 97.
Baibakov, believed to have been the last living commissar to serve under Stalin, died of pneumonia Monday in Moscow, Russia's gas monopoly Gazprom said.
He was also thought to have been one of the last surviving witnesses of Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev's historic "secret speech" denouncing Stalin at the 1956 Soviet Communist Party congress.
Spain: Burglar feigns death
MADRID A burglar who broke into a funeral home tried to fool police by playing dead, but two things gave him away. First, he breathed. Plus, he wore grungy clothes rather than the Sunday best of those settling in for eternal rest.
Police and the Crespo Funeral Home said Wednesday they had no idea what the 23-year-old Spanish man was trying to steal in the March 17 break-in at Burjassot, a small town just outside Valencia.
Neighbors living nearby alerted police when they heard the front door of the business being forced open in the middle of the night.