hRebuilding in Thailand
PHUKET, Thailand -- Thai worker clear rubble as they rebuild a bar damaged the tsunami last year on Kamala Beach. Many villagers along the shores of southern Thailand are still reeling from the tsunami.
Fox staffer detained
MEXICO CITY -- Federal authorities have detained the head of President Vicente Fox's travel staff on suspicion he was feeding information to drug lords, the attorney general said Saturday. Nahum Acosta, director of the office coordinating presidential tours, was taken into custody by federal agents Thursday as he left his office at the presidential residence, Los Pinos. He may have passed at least part of Fox's travel plans to a narcotics trafficking organization.
2 jailed in Madrid bombing
MADRID, Spain -- A judge sent two Moroccan brothers to jail Saturday on provisional charges of collaborating with a terrorist group in the deadly Madrid train bombings last year, but ordered their parents freed. The family was questioned overnight by a judge leading the probe into the March 11 bombings that killed 191 people and wounded more than 1,500, said an official at the National Court on condition of anonymity. The brothers, Brahim and Mohamed Mousatten, are known to have had regular contacts with their maternal uncle Youssef Belhadj, 28, who authorities believe is an Al-Qaida figure mentioned in a video claiming responsibility for the attacks.
Togo president dies
LOME, Togo -- The president of Togo, Africa's longest-ruling leader, died after suffering a heart attack Saturday. Hours later, the military announced his son would take his place as head of state. President Gnassingbe Eyadema, 69, suffered a heart attack early Saturday in his hometown of Piya in southeastern Togo and died on his way to Europe for treatment, officials said.
hCalling for freedom
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- A Palestinian youth plays the role of a prisoner in a symbolic cage during a demonstration calling for the release of prisoners held by Israel. Meanwhile, Palestinian security forces Saturday briefly arrested three leaders of a small militant faction responsible for an attack that wounded two Israeli soldiers amid Israeli criticism they were not taking strong enough action to end violence. The arrests of three officials from the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine marked the first such detentions since new Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas was elected last month.
Pope regaining strength
VATICAN CITY -- Pope John Paul II was strong enough to turn the pages of written greetings Saturday and speak in a clear voice, a visitor said. But, still hospitalized and recovering from the flu, the pontiff sent an emissary to read a speech in his name at the Vatican. In a hopeful sign that the 84-year-old pontiff would be well enough today to say a few words to a public apprehensive about his health, giant video screens were ordered to be set up in St. Peter's Square, where thousands of faithful were expected to gather to pray for his recovery.
Outlaw to be set free
OWYHEE COUNTY, Idaho -- Idaho's most infamous outlaw, Claude Dallas, killed two state officers in a remote desert 24 years ago in a crime that brought him notoriety as both a callous criminal and a modern-day mountain man at odds with the government. Now a bespectacled 54-year-old, Dallas is to be released from prison today after serving nearly 22 years for the execution-style slayings of Conley Elms and Bill Pogue, officers for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.
Professor won't apologize
DENVER-- A professor who likened World Trade Center victims to a notorious Nazi refused to apologize but said his treatise was a "gut response" to the terrorist attacks. "I don't believe I owe an apology," Ward Churchill said on CNN's "Paula Zahn Now" program -- his first public comments since the University of Colorado began a review that could lead to his dismissal.