Canada: Search for ships
TORONTO For more than 160 years, the fate of British explorer Sir John Franklin and his men has remained locked in the frozen Arctic, but warming temperatures are threatening to change that.
Canadian officials announced Friday they will lead a new search for Franklin's two ships, their efforts driven by a desire to assert control over the Northwest Passage and fears that melting ice will allow others to find and plunder the remains.
Colombia: Bomb kills 7 at fair
BOGOTA A bomb exploded during a crowded street fair in northwestern Colombia, killing seven people and wounding 17, police said Friday.
The device was hidden in a trash can beside a lamppost in the center of Ituango, a coffee growing and cattle ranching town where rebels have launched similar attacks on civilians in the past, state police commander Col. Luis Eduardo Martinez said. Police arrested a man suspected of ties to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, shortly after Thursday night's attack, Martinez said.
Mexico: Storm downgraded
MEXICO CITY Forecasters say Tropical Storm Iselle has been downgraded to a depression off Mexico's Pacific coast.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says Iselle's winds have fallen to under 35 mph, and the system is expected to weaken further over the weekend and dissipate. Iselle was located late Friday about 340 miles southwest of the tip of the Baja California peninsula.
Paraguay: President installed
ASUNCION Leftist ex-bishop Fernando Lugo shoved aside Paraguay's infamous 61-year history of one-party rule as he took office Friday with promises to end corruption and hunger in the poor South American nation.
Lugo spoke in Spanish and the indigenous Guarani language, pledging to end the extreme poverty, institutional political corruption and trade in black market goods that defined Paraguay under the Colorado Party, which had ruled continuously since 1947 and was the only party tolerated by the anti-communist Gen. Alfredo Stroessner during his brutal 1954-1989 dictatorship.
Somalia: 40 killed in attacks
MOGADISHU Separate attacks with roadside bombs struck near a presidential motorcade and a military convoy in Somalia's capital region Friday, causing soldiers to open fire, witnesses said.
About 40 people were killed, the witnesses said, but they could not say how many died from explosions and how many from gunfire. The bloodshed occurred a day before the scheduled beginning of talks between Somalia's president and his estranged prime minister whose protracted power struggle complicated government efforts to deal with an expanding Islamic insurgency in this Horn of Africa nation.
United Nations: Last fugitives
Serbia's foreign minister predicted Friday that fugitive Gen. Radko Mladic will be apprehended soon and put on trial at the U.N. war crimes tribunal, putting to rest an ugly legacy of the Balkan wars of the 1990s.
Mladic, the Bosnian Serb wartime commander, and ex-Croatian Serb leader Goran Hadzic, are the only remaining major Balkan war crimes fugitives.