Interpol makes rare plea for public's help
Interpol launched an unusual appeal Monday to the global public to report sightings of 26 leading fugitives — whether on the street or on a Facebook page. Interpol has been leading an international operation since May aimed at tracking down 450 particularly dangerous fugitives and has arrested 39 people as a result, including former Colombian model Angie Sanclemente Valencia, wanted by Argentina for drug trafficking. Interpol, however, has failed to find a trace of 26 of the suspects, wanted for murder, human trafficking or child sex abuse. So, it has released photos of the 26 and biographical information on its website. It's the first time Interpol, a global crime-fighting body that links police forces from 188 countries, has sought the public's help to find so many suspects.
Imam linked to terror inquiry leaves U.S.
The imam entangled in the investigation into a suicide bomb plot against New York City subway stations left the United States on court orders after admitting he lied to the FBI. Ahmad Wais Afzali and his wife, Fatima, took off on a Saudi Arabian Airlines flight to Jeddah and then will go on to Mecca, where Fatima got a job teaching English. Afzali was born in Afghanistan but spent most of his life in Queens, and most of his family lives in Virginia, including two children from a previous marriage. He pleaded guilty April 15 in the federal case and was sentenced to time served — four days — but ordered to leave the country in 90 days.
Leftist activist is slain outside his home
Gunmen killed a local leader of a left-wing party, one week after President Benigno Aquino III took office vowing to put an end to political assassinations. Fernando Baldomero, who escaped an attempt on his life earlier this year, was gunned down in front of his house as he was about to take his child to school. He was chairman of the Bayan Muna political party and a member of his village council in the province of Aklan. Rep. Teodoro Casino, a member of the Philippine Congress who also belongs to Bayan Muna, said Baldomero was the 145th member of the party slain since 2001.
Obama invites new president to D.C.
President Barack Obama telephoned his congratulations to Bronislaw Komorowski, who won Sunday's election held three months after President Lech Kaczynski died in a plane crash. Obama also invited Poland's new president and leader of the pro-business Civic Platform party to visit him in Washington.
Deputy leader vows election reform
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg outlined plans for a sweeping shakeup of Britain's political system, one that could nudge it from a mainly two-party system toward more European-style coalition politics. Clegg told lawmakers he wants to hold a referendum May 5 on a new voting system, prune the number of lawmakers from 650 to 600 and redraw the boundaries of Britain's parliamentary constituencies.
Company accused of clearing rain forests
The environmental group Greenpeace has accused one of the world's largest pulp, paper and palm oil companies of aggressively clearing rain forests and throwing into doubt a landmark billion-dollar deal that aims to fight climate change by curbing deforestation. It accused a subsidiary of the Indonesian family conglomerate Sinar Mas of secretly planning a massive expansion of pulp mills and cutting down essential forests, including habitats for endangered tigers.