Canada: Gitmo decision
TORONTO Canada will not seek the return of a young detainee at Guantanamo Bay, officials said Wednesday, a day after the release of a video showing the teenage prisoner sobbing for his mother and pleading for Canada's help.
A spokesman for Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper said footage of Toronto-born terror suspect Omar Khadr being interrogated by Canadian officials in 2003 will not affect his government's position.
Egypt: Train crash kills 40
CAIRO A train plowed into three vehicles in a northern Egyptian town on Wednesday, killing at least 40 people and injuring 50, a police official said.
The collision occurred after a large truck slammed into the three vehicles, pushing them onto the tracks, he said. The train en route from Matruh to Alexandria crushed the cars as it reached the intersection.
The incident took place near the Mediterranean city of Marsa Matrouh.
Gabon: Grave robbers nabbed
LIBREVILLE A police sting in Gabon brought down a ring of grave robbers suspected of selling human skulls to makers of traditional medicines and amulets, officials said Wednesday.
Eight Gabonese suspects were arrested last week in connection with the sale of nine human skulls and femur bone, said Col. Alphonse Ngo'o, head of judicial police in the Central African nation.
Police started searching for the traffickers after a number of families in the capital, Libreville, complained that their relatives' graves had been dug up or disturbed, Ngo'o said.
Mexico: Drug submarine seized
HUATULCO Mexico's navy seized a homemade submarine carrying a drug shipment off the Pacific coast on Wednesday and arrested its four-man crew.
Similar vessels carrying cocaine have been discovered off Colombia and Central America, but navy spokesman Capt. Benjamin Mar said the seizure is a first for Mexico.
The 30-foot makeshift submarine was detected heading north about 200 miles off the southern state of Oaxaca, Mar said.
Green-topped and shaped like an arrowhead, the vessel was intercepted when it surfaced hours later. The crew was taken into custody without resistance.
Russia: Ex-tycoon seeks parole
MOSCOW Jailed former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky filed a request for parole Wednesday and his lawyer challenged Russia's new president to follow through on promises to uphold the rule of law.
Khodorkovsky, called a political prisoner by Kremlin critics, was convicted of tax evasion and fraud in May 2005 after a politically tinged trial. He is serving an eight-year sentence and has been in custody for nearly five years.
The legal onslaught against Khodorkovsky and his Yukos oil company was widely viewed as Kremlin punishment for his independence and political ambitions. Yukos has since been taken over by the state oil company, Rosneft.