Serbia: War crimes deadline
BELGRADE The deadline passed late Friday for Radovan Karadzic to lodge a formal appeal against his handover to the war crimes court in The Hague, Netherlands, with the ex-Bosnian Serb warlord's lawyer refusing to confirm that he had taken that step.
The lawyer, Sveta Vujacic, was clearly doing all he could to fight the extradition, but that included keeping everyone guessing. Karadzic faces 11 charges against him at The Hague tribunal, including genocide and conspiracy to commit genocide for allegedly masterminding the 1995 slaughter of 8,000 Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica Europe's worst massacre since World War II.
Canada: Teen dies at work site
STONY MOUNTAIN, Manitoba A 15-year-old boy working on a crew paving a parking lot was killed Friday when he was buried by a mound of searing-hot asphalt, fire officials said.
The boy apparently was too young to be working on a construction job in Manitoba, which sets the minimum age for such work at 16. Police and labor officials said they were investigating the accident but declined to comment. Fire Chief Wallace Drysdale said the victim was helping pave a parking lot in this suburb just north of Winnipeg.
Cyprus: Reunification talks
NICOSIA Rival Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders said Friday they will start historic reunification talks on Sept. 3, ending years of deadlock and sparking hope that the island's 34-year division could finally end.
President Dimitris Christofias, who is Greek Cypriot, and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat agreed on the date after meeting in the buffer zone dividing the two communities.
Gaza Strip: 4 killed in explosion
GAZA CITY A powerful explosion ripped through a car on a busy Gaza City beach Friday night, killing a Hamas field commander and three other people, security officials said.
It was the third unexplained blast of the day in this coastal territory after a relatively calm period since Israel and the Islamic militants of Hamas agreed on a cease-fire last month.
Iraq: Olympic negotiations
BAGHDAD Iraq's banned Olympic Committee has opened negotiations to try to regain its place in next month's Beijing Games after being shut out for political interference in Olympic affairs, a government spokesman said Friday.
But a top sports official suggested that Iraq was not willing to make the concessions demanded by the International Olympic Committee, which on Thursday upheld the ban imposed after the Iraqi government replaced its national Olympic panel with members not recognized by the IOC.
Mexico: Hurricane Genevieve
MEXICO CITY Tropical Storm Genevieve strengthened into a hurricane far off Mexico's Pacific coast on Friday, and forecasters say it is expected to stay out at sea.
The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Genevieve was 675 miles southwest of Cabo San Lucas in Baja California and was moving west-northwest at about 14 mph with winds clocked at 75 mph.
Zimbabwe: U.S. sanctions
HARARE The United States is in the process of strengthening sanctions against individual Zimbabweans blamed for deadly electoral violence, the U.S. Embassy in Zimbabwe said Friday.
Spokesman Mark Weinberg said that "proposed new sanctions are under review by the White House and the State Department." The sanctions would bar the individuals from traveling to the United States and freeze any assets they had there, he said.