Austria: OPEC decision
VIENNA OPEC oil ministers have decided to curb overproduction by more than 500,000 barrels.
The move is a compromise meant to avoid new turmoil in oil markets while at the same time reflecting OPEC attempts to prevent prices from falling too far. Crude prices have dropped nearly 30 percent since spiking to nearly $150 a barrel in July.
An OPEC statement issued after oil ministers ended their meeting early Wednesday said the organization agreed to produce 28.8 million barrels a day. OPEC President Chakib Khelil said that quota in effect meant that member countries agreed to cut back 520,000 barrels a day in overproduction.
France: Scientology on trial
PARIS The Church of Scientology and seven of its top members are to stand trial in Paris on fraud charges after an investigation into allegations by a former member that the church swindled her out of more than $28,000.
French judicial officials said Monday that the church considered a sect in France and the seven members are to face charges of "fraud in an organized group" and "illegally acting as a pharmacy." They spoke on the condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing. A trial date has not yet been set.
The Paris prosecutor's office had recommended the charges be dropped.
Israel: Dancer had to perform
JERUSALEM A performer with the famed Alvin Ailey dance troupe on Tuesday said he was twice forced to perform steps for Israeli airport security officers to prove his identity before he was permitted to enter the country.
Abdur-Rahim Jackson, an eight-year veteran of the dance ensemble, said he was singled out by Israel's renowned airport security because he has a Muslim name. He called the experience embarrassing and said at one point, one of the officers even suggested he change his name.
Jackson said he did not plan to press the matter further, saying the numerous apologies he has received from American dignitaries and his Israeli hosts is "enough for me."
Togo: Bird flu confirmed
LOME An outbreak of bird flu has been confirmed in the West African nation of Togo for the first time since last year, the Health Ministry said Tuesday.
The virus was detected at a poultry farm housing more than 4,500 birds in the village of Agbata outside the capital, Lome, said a ministry statement read over state television. It was not known how many birds died, but more than 80 percent of those infected by the flu were fatalities, the ministry said.
The Health Ministry banned the sale of all chicken and poultry products in the region around the farm.
Zimbabwe: Power-sharing talks
HARARE Zimbabwe's main opposition leader sounded optimistic as power-sharing talks paused for the night Tuesday.
The latest round of talks opened Monday at a Harare hotel with the mediator, South African President Thabo Mbeki, flying in to push negotiators past a major block: The question of whether President Robert Mugabe or main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai should have the top position in a unity government.
"There's been a positive development," Tsvangirai said as the negotiators went home for the night. He said talks would resume today.