Britain: Mixed terrorism verdict
LONDON Three British Muslims with ties to Pakistan were found guilty Monday of conspiracy to murder in a terrorist bombing campaign but jurors failed to reach a verdict on whether they plotted to blow up multiple trans-Atlantic airliners with liquid explosives disguised as soft drinks.
The failure to get convictions on the more serious charges was a major setback to the British government, which has struggled to put suspected terrorists behind bars with intelligence from multiple countries.
Last month, government prosecutors failed to convict three other men of helping to plan the deadly London transit bombings of 2005 the worst attack on Britain's capital since World War II.
Canada: Beheading-case delay
TORONTO More time is needed to assess the competency of a man accused of beheading and cannibalizing a passenger on a bus in Canada, his lawyer said Monday.
A judge had ordered Vince Weiguang Li to undergo a psychiatric evaluation last month to determine whether he was competent to stand trial for the July killing of 22-year-old carnival worker Tim McLean.
Defense lawyer Alan Libman said the psychiatrist examining Li, has asked for an extension. Li, who has been charged with second-degree murder in the slaying, has not entered a plea in the case. He was not present for Monday's hearing.
The case was postponed to Oct. 6.
Egypt: Al-Qaida releases video
CAIRO Al-Qaida marked the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks with an hour and a half video message Monday summarizing the state of jihad, or holy war, around the world and slamming Iran for collaborating with the United States.
Short excerpts of the message were aired on the Arab satellite news channel Al-Jazeera.
In them, al-Qaida No. 2, Ayman al-Zawahri accused Iran of working with U.S. forces.
Al-Zawahri said Tehran was "cooperating with the Americans in occupying Iraq and Afghanistan" and slammed Iran for recognizing the two governments. He also criticized the Shiites for not calling for a jihad in Iraq against the "Crusader occupier." In militant postings, "crusaders" is shorthand for U.S. troops in Iraq.
Pakistan: U.S. missiles kill 9
ISLAMABAD Missiles fired from U.S. drone aircraft hit a seminary and houses associated with a Taliban commander, killing at least nine people, including both militants and civilians, officials and witnesses say.
With violence spiraling in Afghanistan, Washington is becoming more aggressive about insurgent havens abutting the Afghan border, despite the strain it places on relations with Pakistan just as its new president takes office.
Monday's incident occurred in a village in North Waziristan, a militant stronghold in Pakistan's tribal belt and a possible hiding place for Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida No. 2 Ayman al-Zawahri.
Russia: Retaliatory move?
MOSCOW Russia said Monday it will send a naval squadron and long-range patrol planes to Venezuela this year for a joint military exercise in the Caribbean, an announcement made at a time of increasingly tense relations with the United States.
The apparently retaliatory move follows the U.S. deployment of warships to deliver aid to the former Soviet nation of Georgia, barely a month after Russian armor and aircraft crushed the Georgian military in a five-day war.
Russia's Foreign Ministry spokesman Andrei Nesterenko insisted Monday that Russia's decision to send the squadron and planes to Venezuela was made before Russia's war with Georgia.
Sri Lanka: Rebel plane downed
COLOMBO Sri Lankan fighter jets shot down a small plane used by the Tamil Tigers' rudimentary air wing Tuesday during a rebel attack on a northern military base, the military said.
The destruction of the plane marked the first time government forces were able to bring down one of the Tamil Tiger aircraft, and it offers a huge morale boost to the government amid its massive offensive against the rebels' heartland in the north.
Though the rebel aircraft have rarely caused major damage, their repeated attacks and the military's inability to stop them have been a source of deep frustration and embarrassment for government forces.