Cuba: Elian joins communists

HAVANA — The Cuban boy at the center of an international custody battle eight years ago has joined Cuba's Young Communist Union.

Communist youth newspaper Juventud Rebelde quotes Elian Gonzalez as saying he will never let down ex-President Fidel Castro and his brother Raul, who succeeded Fidel earlier this year.

Now 14, Elian was 6 when Miami relatives lost their fight to keep him in the United States, and he was returned to Cuba in mid-2000 with his father.

Egypt: Jet has emergency

CAIRO — A security official says an Egyptian passenger plane made an emergency landing at Cairo airport with 77 passengers on board.

The official says the EgyptAir A320 Airbus plane made the landing after the pilot had problems with the landing gear.

The pilot was instructed to circle the airport several times to exhaust fuel before landing. The right tire of the plane burst during the landing and the plane was engulfed in smoke.

Finland: Man, 88, kills family

HELSINKI — An 88-year-old man on Sunday killed his two disabled adult daughters and shot his bedridden wife before turning the gun on himself in northern Finland, police said.

The man's wife, also in her 80s, later died at a hospital, police said. The mentally handicapped daughters, both in their 50s, died immediately from gunshot wounds at home in Ylitornio, about 500 miles north of Helsinki.

Police said they knew of no motive.

Iraq: Al-Sadr to back candidates

BAGHDAD — Followers of anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr will run candidates on other party tickets in upcoming Iraqi provincial elections, a top aide said Sunday, in an apparent bid to sidestep what they believe is a government campaign against their movement.

The decision is part of a sweeping strategic change by the militant cleric as the Shiite-led government gave Shiite militiamen in an al-Sadr stronghold four days to surrender heavy weapons or face arrest.

Macedonia: Revote peaceful

SKOPJE — A peaceful repeat vote at dozens of polling stations in Macedonia Sunday confirmed the ruling coalition's landslide victory in parliamentary elections that had initially been marred by violence, election officials said.

Held under tight police security, the rerun had not been expected to change the overall result from June 1 elections.

Nepal: Bomb kills 2, hurts 12

KATMANDU — A bomb hidden in a bag at a busy bus station in southern Nepal exploded, killing two people and wounding 12 others, officials said Sunday.

The station in Chandranigahapur town was crowded with passengers and other people sheltering from a heavy downpour when the blast struck Saturday night, according to Durga Bhandari, the chief official of Rautahat district where Chandranigahapur is located.

Zimbabwe: No puppet leader

HARARE — President Robert Mugabe declared he will hand over power only to those who share his ideology, a state-controlled newspaper reported Sunday.

Mugabe, who faces opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai in a June 27 presidential runoff, was quoted by the Sunday Mail sounding a familiar campaign theme: portraying Tsvangirai as a puppet of the U.S. and Britain. "As long as the British still want to come back here, I will not grow old, until we no longer have sellouts amongst us."