CHARLOTTETOWN, Prince Edward Island — The downgraded remnants of Hurricane Juan knocked out power and sank boats at a yacht club Monday while blowing across Prince Edward Island before heading out to sea and quickly losing steam. Hurricane Juan lashed Nova Scotia with 86 mph winds Sunday, ripping off roofs, uprooting trees, knocking out power and killing two people before weakening to a tropical storm and heading north to Prince Edward Island.
BOGOTA — The second-largest rebel group in Colombia said Monday it was holding seven foreign backpackers kidnapped this month from an archaeological site in the mountains. It was the first claim of responsibility for the abduction. The National Liberation Army, known as the ELN, did not make any demands in its statement, but said it was open to negotiations "to find a solution."
HAVANA — The Cubans who converted a 1951 Chevy pickup truck into a boat and tried to sail to Florida said Monday their attempts to emigrate legally to the United States also failed. So far, 10 of the 12 people in the group that made the unusual and well-publicized attempt to reach American soil have received letters rejecting their requests for U.S. visas.
LONDON — Ian Hunter, who represented some of classical music's most prominent performers and was an early organizer of the Edinburgh Festival of arts, has died. He was 84.
JERUSALEM — Three Israeli Arabs have been arrested in the kidnapping and murder of an Israeli soldier in July, police said Monday. The three suspects are all men in their 20's and residents of the area where the soldier's body was found, police spokesman Gil Kleiman said. Kleiman confirmed the arrests after a Nazareth court partially lifted a gag order on the case by announcing the three would be charged today.
TOKYO — A Japanese court awarded $1.7 million in damages Monday to a group of Chinese for injuries or deaths of relatives caused by chemical shells and other weapons abandoned in China by the Japanese army after World War II. Lawyers for the plaintiffs called the verdict historic. The decision came months after another Japanese court rejected a similar claim by a different group of Chinese — the first legal ruling on a legacy of the war that remains a sore spot between Japan and China five decades later.
TOKYO — Yukichi Chuganji, a retired silkworm breeder documented as the world's oldest man, died at his home in Japan at age 114, his family said Monday. Bedridden in recent years, Chuganji had been living with his 72-year-old daughter Kyoko in the city of Ogori, about 550 miles southwest of Tokyo.
BELGRADE — A court convicted four former Serb paramilitary soldiers of war crimes Monday, sentencing them to up to 20 years in prison for the 1992 killing of 16 Muslim civilians in Bosnia. The ruling was the first war crimes verdict since parliament appointed a special prosecutor in July to deal with the brutal legacy of the Balkan wars of the 1990s. The four paramilitaries were part of a notorious unit that seized the 15 Muslim men and one woman from a bus, stripped and tortured them at a hotel and then executed them with guns and knives — dumping their bodies in the Drina River, according to court documents.
BENIDORM — Interpol is working to complete a new global database that will help its 181 member countries fight terrorism and other crime, the secretary general of the international police agency said Monday. Seventy-eight countries participate in the agency's database, an Internet-based system that provides direct access to Interpol files. By Dec. 31, the agency hopes to finish the project so all its members can send and retrieve real-time data, Secretary General Ronald Noble said.
HANOI — Vietnam on Monday refused to recognize Pope John Paul II's appointment of a new cardinal for Ho Chi Minh City, renewing tension between the Vatican and the communist country, which tightly controls religion. Archbishop Jean-Baptiste Pham Minh Man was chosen Sunday as one of 31 cardinals. Officials at the Vietnamese Government Committee for Religious Affairs, however, said the Vatican did not seek permission to elevate Man and they were unaware of the appointment.