Argentina: Nazi-hunter hopeful
BUENOS AIRES The world's top Nazi-hunter said Thursday he's made progress in finding 94-year-old "Doctor Death," a former concentration camp physician accused of torturing Jewish prisoners as they died and who may have been living for decades in Argentina or Chile.
Efraim Zuroff, head of the Israeli branch of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, told a news conference that his mission to the southern reaches of the Americas led him to at least four people who claim to have seen Aribert Heim in the past 45 days.
"We're better off than before we came," Zuroff said. "That doesn't guarantee Heim's capture, but I'm hopeful."
Cambodia: Border tension
PREAH VIHEAR Cambodia and Thailand sent more troops Thursday to their disputed border region surrounding an 11th century temple despite agreeing to hold talks next week to avoid military action.
The standoff now in its third day is the latest escalation in a long-standing conflict over land that surrounds Preah Vihear temple, which is similar in style to the more famous Angkor Wat in northeastern Cambodia.
Libya: Gadhafi son charged
The youngest son of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi was arrested and charged with beating two of his servants at a luxury hotel in Switzerland, his lawyer said Thursday.
Hannibal Gadhafi and his wife were taken into custody by police Tuesday after the alleged incident in Geneva, lawyer Alain Berger told Swiss radio. The couple, who face charges of bodily harm, making threats and coercion, deny the allegations and were freed on bail Thursday, he said.
Mexico: Elida and Fausto
MEXICO CITY Hurricane Elida weakened to a Category 1 storm off Mexico on Thursday, while Tropical Storm Fausto continued to gain strength.
Both storms were well off Mexico's Pacific coast and not expected to threaten land.
Syria: Briefed on Iran standoff
DAMASCUS Iran's foreign minister briefed Syria's president Thursday on the international standoff over his country's nuclear program.
The meeting in Damascus signaled Syria's willingness to act on a request by French President Nicolas Sarkozy to try to help resolve the crisis by pushing Iran to cooperate with the international community.
Iran's foreign minister, Manouchehr Mottaki, welcomed a Syrian role in trying to ease the tension, Syria's official SANA news agency reported.
United Arab Emirates: Detained
DUBAI Police in the Gulf tourist hub of Dubai say they've detained 17 foreign men for allegedly being gay and wearing women's clothing in malls and other public places.
Police spokesman Zuhair Horoun says the men were either visiting or working in Dubai. He says they were detained Wednesday but would not elaborate.
Dubai's Gulf News quoted Dubai's police chief as saying the arrests are part of a campaign against "transvestites."
Despite Dubai's Western outlook, homosexuality is illegal in the Muslim city-state.