More arrests in Britain
LONDON -- Police investigating failed July 21 bomb attacks in London said Monday they had arrested two men during raids in the city, as authorities tried to determine whether there were links between that attack and the transit bombings two weeks earlier. A total of 23 people have been arrested in connection with the failed bombing attempt, including the four main bombing suspects in police custody in London and Rome. British transport police, meanwhile, dispatched reinforcements from around the country Monday to patrol London's subway system in a show of force meant to discourage more attacks. The July 21 bombing came exactly two weeks after July 7 attacks that killed 52 people plus all four suicide bombers. Both attacks both hit three subway cars and a red double-decker bus, but the July 21 attackers' explosives failed to detonate and took no lives. The men in the arrests announced Monday have been detained "on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism," a Metropolitan Police spokeswoman said.
British army to pull backtroops in Northern Ireland
BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- The British army will slash its garrison in Northern Ireland to peacetime levels, demolish spy towers in Catholic areas and disband its overwhelmingly Protestant local battalions within two years, commanders said Monday. The announcement of the cuts came as a decisive response to the IRA's promise last week to disarm fully and cease violence. Lt. Gen. Redmond Watt said Britain would cut current troop levels in more than half to a maximum of 5,000 in 14 bases within two years, while scores of current installations -- iron-walled fortresses that the outlawed Irish Republican Army spent a bloody generation toiling in vain to destroy -- would be dismantled within months.
hBritain's protest lawbrings out protesters
LONDON -- Lauren Booth, step-sister of Cherie Booth, wife of Britain Prime Minister Tony Blair, protests in front of Big Ben in Parliament Square in response to the Serious Organized Crime and Police Act 2005, which went into effect Monday. The new law came prevents people from protesting within a specified area around Parliament without permission.
New beetle reaches North
BOSTON -- A species of beetle never seen in North America has been discovered in a Massachusetts forest, but the Asian insect does not appear to pose an ecological threat, experts said Monday. Twenty-two beetles belonging to the Xyleborus seriatus species of ambrosia beetle were found in April in traps set by state forestry workers in Southborough, about 25 miles west of Boston. Two or three more were trapped in nearby Stow. The insects were sent to Cornell University to be studied. They may have "hitchhiked" to the United States on wooden crates shipped from Asia, Cornell entomologist Richard Hoebeke said.
Teen boys face charges
MORRISTOWN, N.J. -- Three teenage boys were caught trying to dump a steamer trunk containing the dismembered body of a 16-year-old girl into a river, authorities said Monday. One of the teens, Jennifer Parks' 18-year-old neighbor, Jonathan A. Zarate, invited her over to watch late-night television but became angry early Saturday, punching and then stabbing her in the basement, county prosecutor Michael M. Rubbinaccio said. Zarate used a long knife to dismember the body, then stashed it in the trunk for a day in his father's Jeep, the prosecutor said. Zarate pleaded innocent Monday to murder, weapons offenses and hindering apprehension. He is being held on $1 million bail. Zarate, his 14-year-old brother and a 16-year-old were approached by a police officer early Sunday who became suspicious about their car parked on a bridge over the Passaic River. Authorities said the boys planned to throw the trunk into the river. The juveniles, who were not named by authorities, were charged with unlawful disposal of human remains and tampering with evidence.