Israel: Olmert backtracks
JERUSALEM Israel's prime minister backed away Monday from a target date announced with great fanfare at a U.S.-hosted Mideast peace conference last November for reaching a deal with the Palestinians by year's end.
Ehud Olmert said the sides will need more time to bridge differences over Jerusalem, the toughest sticking point in Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking.
"There is no practical chance of reaching a comprehensive understanding on Jerusalem" during 2008, Olmert told a closed-door meeting of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, an official said.
Afghanistan: 2 children killed
KABUL Canadian soldiers opened fire on a speeding car they feared was about to attack their convoy, killing a 2-year-old boy and his 4-year-old sister, officials said Monday.
NATO and the Canadian military said in statements that the troops near Kandahar opened fire Sunday after the driver ignored repeated signals to keep back. The Canadian statement said the car came under fire after it drove within 10 yards of the convoy.
Antigua: 2 tourists are shot
ST JOHN'S A British doctor was killed and her newlywed husband critically wounded in an apparent robbery at a beach hotel in Antigua, officials in the Caribbean island said Monday.
At least one gunman entered their cottage at Coco's Hotel before dawn Sunday and shot Catherine and Benjamin Mullany, Police Commissioner Gary Nelson said.
No arrests have been made.
Japan: Woman stabs 7
TOKYO A Japanese woman went on a stabbing rampage at a crowded train station, wounding seven men after failing to slash her own wrist, police said Tuesday.
The woman attempted to cut her wrist with an army knife at a shopping mall Monday night near the train station in Hiratsuka, 43 miles southwest of Tokyo, but someone bumped into her and she became angry, said police official Hidetoshi Yukitake.
"She was screaming as she was slashing people at random," Yukitake said.
None of the seven men stabbed were seriously injured, he said.
Philippines: Did tank explode?
MANILA A tank meant to supply passengers and crew with oxygen during an emergency may have exploded, ripping a hole in a Qantas jet that forced the plane to make a harrowing landing in the Philippines last week, officials said Monday.
With no signs of a bomb, the investigation into Friday's emergency landing is focusing on the possibility that missing cylinder No. 4 may have blown a car-size hole through the fuselage of the 747-400 jet carrying 365 people.
Tonga: King relinquishing power
NUKU'ALOFA A spokesman says Tonga's new king will relinquish many of his powers in a move that would end a near-absolute monarchy.
The announcement late Monday by spokesman Fielakepa comes as the tiny South Pacific nation prepares a lavish coronation celebration for King George Tupou V.
Tupou V has promised to end hundreds of years of near-feudal rule in the impoverished country, where there has been growing pressure for democracy.
Iran: 'Common ground'
TEHRAN Iran's president said in an interview broadcast Monday that he sees "common ground" with the West over his country's disputed nuclear program and "new behavior" from the United States that could merit a positive response.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told NBC News he believes U.S. policy "has been to confront the Iranian people" for the past 50 years. But he said he now sees "new behavior" and is unsure whether it's based on "mutual respect, cooperation and justice."
"If the approach changes, we will be facing a new situation and the response by the Iranian people will be a positive one," Ahmadinejad said.