France: Monet art recovered
MARSEILLE Police on Wednesday recovered a Monet landscape and three other paintings that were stolen by masked gunmen from a museum on the French Riviera last August, judicial officials said.
The paintings from the Museum of Fine Arts in Nice were discovered in a utility vehicle parked in the port city of Marseille, the prosecutor's office said.
Iceland: Police kill polar bear
REYKJAVIK Police in Iceland say they fatally shot the first polar bear seen in the country in 20 years after the animal threatened people.
Authorities say police in northern Iceland shot the bear Tuesday after determining that the drugs used to sedate the animal were unavailable and that a gun that could be used to fire them was elsewhere in the country.
It's not known how the polar bear reached Iceland; it may have come on an iceberg or swam. Scientists blame global warming for the disappearance of sea ice vital for the bear's survival.
Mexico: 2 officers shot dead
CIUDAD JUAREZ A husband and wife, both state police officers, were shot dead Wednesday while leaving their home in this Mexican border city where drug gangs have stepped up attacks against security forces.
Gabriel Padilla Perez's body was found at the entrance of his home in Ciudad Juarez, said Cesar Ramirez, a spokesman for the regional attorney general's office. His wife, Claudia Tovar Carreon, was found dead on the sidewalk. The couple had two young children.
N. Ireland: Deal reached
The rival parties in Northern Ireland's power-sharing administration announced a deal Wednesday in Dublin that will permit both sides to elect a new leader and keep their unlikely coalition running.
The British Protestants of the Democratic Unionist Party and the Irish Catholics of Sinn Fein said they would jointly elect new leaders to the year-old coalition when the Northern Ireland Assembly convenes today.
Slovenia: Reactor shut down
LJUBLJANA Slovenia shut down the reactor at its only nuclear power plant after a water leak Wednesday, but the country's atomic watchdog agency said there was no danger to people or the environment.
Slovene authorities reported a loss of coolant occurred in the primary cooling system at the Krsko electricity generating station and the plant was completely shut down, the European Union's executive body said.