U.S. man found decapitatedTIJUANA, Mexico — Mexican authorities say a U.S. man was among three decapitated victims found this week in the northern border city of Tijuana. State prosecutors say the body of 38-year-old Jorge Norman Harrison was found by joggers Tuesday, along with two other bodies near Tijuana’s bullring. Prosecutors said in a statement Friday that Harrison had been convicted for drug trafficking in the United States.
Diplomats mark flight deathsAMSTERDAM — Diplomats and officials placed nine cream-colored roses in a vase in an aircraft hangar Saturday to commemorate those killed in the crash of a Turkish Airlines jet near Amsterdam last month. Planes and trains stopped operations for two minutes during the ceremony at Schiphol Airport to pay tribute to the victims of the Feb. 25 crash. Survivors — some still recovering from injuries — and family of the victims watched in silence as Turkish and American diplomats, politicians and a representative of Dutch Queen Beatrix placed the roses in a vase — one for each of the five Turks and four Americans killed.
Disarmament may resumeGENEVA — Russia’s foreign minister called Saturday for an end to a decade of failure in global disarmament talks, seeking to build on an upbeat meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Sergey Lavrov said a stalemate at the Conference on Disarmament on issues from atomic bombs to space weapons can be broken now that the U.S. administration is "in favor of multilateral approaches to the maintenance of international security and disarmament.” The conference has failed to produce anything of substance since completing the nuclear weapons test-ban treaty in the mid-1990s. NATION
St. Bernard saved from iceBILLINGS, Mont. — There was a rescue involving a St. Bernard in Billings, Mont., but this time it was the humans who saved the day. A 16-month-old St. Bernard named Duke, seen above, apparently fell through the ice on a golf-course pond after escaping from his yard. He was able to pull himself out but ended up getting frozen to the ice. Two firefighters in dry suits pushed an ice rescue sled over about 10 feet of hip-deep water and 10 feet of ice to reach the dog.
Treaty may find favor this yearNEW YORK — A global women’s rights treaty completed 30 years ago has a better-than-ever chance for U.S. Senate ratification this year, yet the hunt for the needed 67 favorable votes is likely to incur the wrath of activists on both the left and right. Known as CEDAW, the treaty’s formal name is the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women. The U.S. is one of eight holdouts.
Democrat’s request deniedST. PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota Supreme Court has rejected Democrat Al Franken’s petition for an election certificate that would put him in the U.S. Senate without waiting for a lawsuit to be resolved. Franken is ahead of Republican Norm Coleman by 225 votes. Coleman’s ongoing lawsuit argues some uncounted absentee ballots were wrongly rejected. From Wire Services