Canada: Expelled teen arrested

REGINA, Saskatchewan — An expelled 16-year-old student entered a Christian high school during chapel Tuesday and put a pellet gun to the pastor's head before he was tackled by the principal and arrested, officials said.

Principal Mark Anderson said he kept talking with the youth, who was forcing the pastor to read a letter.

Anderson said he got close enough to see the weapon was not a firearm, then grappled with the teen and held him until police arrived and arrested him. Police said they recovered a pellet pistol.

China: Typhoon Hagupit hits

GUANGZHOU — Typhoon Hagupit has swirled into southern China's Guangdong province after causing flooding and minor damage in Hong Kong.

The state-run Xinhua News Agency quoted forecasters as saying the storm made landfall early today in the city of Maoming. The report says Hagupit was packing winds of 106 mph and forced the evacuation of more than 28,000 people in coastal areas.

Georgia: Government overhaul

Georgia's president is announcing a major government overhaul he calls a "second Rose Revolution" to guard against Russian encroachment.

Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili made the announcement during a speech Tuesday before the U.N. General Assembly.

The overhaul includes stronger checks and balances in government, more independence for Parliament and the judiciary, and increased funding for opposition parties.

Iran: Sanctions blocked

Russia and China are blocking U.S. and European efforts to slap new sanctions on Iran over its disputed nuclear program.

But it is objections in particular from Moscow, angered by Washington's criticism of its invasion of Georgia, that have forced cancellation of high-level talks on Iran that were scheduled to be held this week on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly, officials said.

Japan: Prime minister resigns

TOKYO — Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda and his Cabinet handed in their resignations Wednesday today to pave the way for former Foreign Minister Taro Aso to become Japan's third leader since 2006.

Aso's Liberal Democratic Party dominates the powerful lower house of parliament.

Fukuda had announced he would step down three weeks ago after only a year in office, citing slumping support ratings and the strain of dealing with strong political opposition.

Mexico: Suspects in attack

MEXICO CITY — A group of Gulf cartel hit men are on the list of suspects in a grenade attack that killed eight people during Independence Day celebrations, Mexico's attorney general said Tuesday.

The Zetas are one of two groups suspected in the Sept. 15 attack, Eduardo Medina said during a congressional hearing. The other is a drug gang known as La Familia.

Two fragmented grenades exploded in a large crowd of Independence Day revelers in Morelia, the Michoacan state capital. The death toll rose to eight over the weekend when a 13-year-old boy died of his wounds. More than 100 people were injured.

Pakistan: Drone shot down

ISLAMABAD — Pakistani soldiers and tribesman shot down a suspected U.S. military drone close to the Afghan border Tuesday night, three intelligence officials said.

If verified, it apparently would be the first time a pilotless aircraft was brought down over Pakistan and likely would add to tensions between Washington and Islamabad over recent American cross-border incursions into the country's lawless tribal regions.

Switzerland: Collider delay

GENEVA — The European nuclear research organization said repairs and the onset of winter will delay the startup of the world's largest particle collider until spring.

Spokesman James Gillies of the European Organization for Nuclear Research said it will take too long to finish announced repairs before the November shutdown.

Gillies said Tuesday that it will take several weeks to warm up the damaged area from near absolute zero before experts can go in and make repairs. Then the machine will have to be rechilled over another month.