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Father Adelir de Carli prepares for a helium-filled balloon flight in Parana state, Brazil, in January 2008. Father Adelir de Carli prepares for a helium-filled balloon flight in Parana state, Brazil, in January 2008.

Brazil: Priest's body ID'd

SAO PAULO — DNA tests confirmed that a body found off the coast of Brazil is that of a priest who disappeared while flying over the Atlantic buoyed by hundreds of brightly colored party balloons, authorities said Tuesday.

The Rev. Adelir Antonio de Carli set off from the Brazilian port city of Paranagua on April 20 strapped to 1,000 helium-filled balloons in an attempt to raise money to build a rest stop and worship center for truckers.

But the 41-year-old Roman Catholic priest soon lost contact with his ground team, and the cluster of yellow, orange, pink and white balloons was found in the water a day later.

Canada: 18th child arrives

ABBOTSFORD, British Columbia — A Romanian immigrant has given birth to her 18th child, making her the province's most prolific mother in 20 years.

Proud dad Alexandru Ionce said Saturday that his 44-year-old wife, Livia, gave birth on July 22. Their daughter Abigail weighed in at 7 pounds, 12 ounces.

"We never planned how many children to have. We just let God guide our lives, you know, because we strongly believe life comes from God and that's the reason we did not stop the life," Alexandru Ionce said.

Ecuador: U.S. must exit

QUITO — Ecuador's Foreign Ministry says it has formally notified the U.S. Embassy that it will not renew an agreement allowing the U.S. military to operate anti-drug surveillance flights from its Manta air base.

The United States and Ecuador signed the 10-year agreement in November 1999.

The Foreign Ministry said in a statement Tuesday that U.S. military personnel will have to leave the base once the agreement expires on Nov. 12, 2009.

Some 300 U.S. soldiers are stationed at the Pacific base.

Haiti: Ex-troops rampage

PORT-AU-PRINCE — Hundreds of armed former soldiers from Haiti's disbanded army stormed an old barracks and civilian prison on Tuesday to demand the force be reinstated, local radio reported.

Radio Kiskeya said the former troops occupied the buildings in the northern city of Cap-Haitien armed with pistols and wearing camouflage. They reportedly demanded back pay and called for the government bring back the army to provide security against kidnappers.

There were no immediate reports of shots being fired during the takeover of the buildings.

Lebanon: Fatah leader wounded

BEIRUT — A roadside bomb critically wounded a military commander of the Fatah movement Tuesday, setting off gunbattles at a Palestinian refugee camp that has been torn by factional fighting, Lebanese and Palestinian security officials said.

Talal Sleim was hit while heading to his office in the Ein el-Hilweh camp, on the outskirts of the southern city of Sidon, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to reporters. A bodyguard was also lightly wounded, they said.

Sudan: 8 Darfur rebels convicted

KHARTOUM — Eight Darfur rebels were found guilty and sentenced to death Tuesday for their roles in a bold assault on government soldiers near the Sudanese capital that killed more than 200 people, including dozens of civilians.

Another defendant was acquitted and a 10th was referred to a juvenile court because he was under age, said al-Dukhri Ali Morkaz, the head of the rebels' defense team. Morkaz said he would appeal the guilty verdicts handed down by a specially convened terrorism court in Khartoum.