NEW SANCTIONS AGAINST IRAN SUPPORTED
Germany and Russia declared Saturday that the five world powers negotiating with Iran support a fresh set of international sanctions, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel said they could pass soon. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said at a news conference with Merkel that "agreement on the sanctions exists," despite the fact that "nobody wants sanctions." Medvedev said through the official German translator: "We hope the voice of the international community will be heard by the Iranian leadership."
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.
Mom finds missing kids on Facebook
A Southern California mother whose two children were reported missing 15 years ago has tracked them down in Orlando using Facebook. San Bernardino Deputy District Attorney Kurt Rowley says Faustino Utrera, the father of the boy and girl, took off with them in 1995 when they were ages 2 and 3. Rowley says recently the mother typed one of the children's names into Facebook and a listing for her daughter, now a teenager, came up. The mom contacted authorities, and Utrera was arrested and charged with kidnapping and violating child custody orders.
Pope seeks peace on divided island
Pope Benedict XVI appealed Saturday for support for embattled Christian communities in the Middle East, calling them a vital force for peace in the region. He also met with a Turkish Cypriot Muslim religious leader, part of careful diplomacy reaching out to both sides in the decades-old conflict between ethnic Greeks and Turks on the divided island.
GOP chief criticizes election moves
Republican Party chairman Michael Steele called Saturday for a "referee" to sort out the matters of two Democratic lawmakers who were urged by the White House to drop their bids for U.S. Senate seats. Posting the party's response to President Barack Obama's weekly address, Steele said the administration had not lived up to its promises of transparent operations in its dealings with Pennsylvania Rep. Joe Sestak and Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff. The White House is accused of shady dealings — including promises of government jobs — if the two would drop challenges to Democratic incumbents for U.S. Senate seats.
Suspect paraded in front of media
The lone suspect in the disappearance of U.S. teen Natalee Holloway was paraded — moist-eyed and looking stunned — before reporters on Saturday as Peruvians denounced him and detectives began interrogating him about the murder of a Lima student. Joran van der Sloot was escorted across an auditorium of shouting, shutter-snapping journalists three times.
Inmate hid all that stuff internally?
Police are surprised at the amount of contraband an inmate was able to smuggle into the jail rectally. The Wenatchee World said the man carried a cigarette lighter, rolling papers, a baggie of tobacco the size of a golf ball, a smaller baggie of marijuana, a 1-inch smoking pipe, a bottle of tattoo ink and eight tattoo needles.