VIENNA — Austria agreed Tuesday to abide by a court ruling and will give up ownership of five precious Gustav Klimt paintings to a California woman who says the Nazis stole them from her Jewish family.


LONDON — Anti-terrorist police arrested a 27-year-old man Tuesday for allegedly helping the suspected attackers after the failed bombings on London's transit network this summer, authorities said.


PHNOM PENH — Cambodia on Tuesday released four imprisoned government critics — a union leader, a radio journalist and two social activists — in a gesture to the United States, which had condemned the arrests.


TORONTO — Canada's Conservative Party, which would be more in line with the Bush administration policies, appeared to gain strength in its quest to end 13 years of Liberal Party rule as campaigning for national elections entered its final week. Opinion polls released Monday show that Stephen Harper's opposition Conservatives were holding an advantage of 8 to 13 percentage points over Prime Minister Paul Martin's Liberal Party — a gap that analysts say will be very difficult for the ruling party to overcome by Jan. 23, when voters will cast ballots for the 308-seat House of Commons.


BEIJING — Police on Tuesday patrolled a village in southern China where a teenage girl reportedly was clubbed to death during a protest over land seizures, and Hong Kong news reports quoted villagers as saying demonstrations would continue.


Gunmen killed two Jordanian U.N. peacekeepers and seriously wounded a third Tuesday at a checkpoint in a slum in Haiti's capital that is a stronghold for supporters of former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide, a spokesman said. The shootings in the teeming slum of Cite Soleil in Port-au-Prince occurred three weeks before long-postponed elections to replace the interim government imposed after Aristide fled the country.


WAJIR — Malnourished children cried feebly in a hospital in this drought-stricken corner of Kenya, too weak to even make themselves heard as aid agencies warned Tuesday that they do not have money to feed millions of Kenyans hit by food shortages. Kenya's government announced a day earlier that the number of Kenyans at risk from the food crisis has increased to 3.5 million from 2.5 million. The number of districts affected by drought is expected to rise to 37 from 17, just over half of Kenya's 70 districts.


MONROVIA — President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf on Tuesday unveiled her first nominations for Cabinet-level positions in Liberia's postwar elected government, tapping a female international banker to be her economy minister. On her first full day in office, Africa's first elected female head of state also met foreign dignitaries and addressed a group of traditional leaders, calling on the war-ruined country's elders to educate their young.


ISLAMABAD — Former President George H.W. Bush had to cancel a planned trip to quake-devastated Kashmir on Tuesday because of harsh winter weather that grounded aid flights for a third straight day. Instead, he toured a mammoth tent camp for survivors on the outskirts of the Pakistani capital of Islamabad.


CARMEN — The United States on Tuesday refused a Philippine request to hand over four Marines charged with rape, provoking anti-American protests in the capital and the Muslim south, where U.S. troops began annual counterterrorism training of Filipino soldiers. In a letter to the Philippine government, the U.S. Embassy invoked the bilateral Visiting Forces Agreement, which allows large-scale U.S. training in the country, and vowed to keep the Marines in its custody during an upcoming trial.


ANKARA — The justice minister asked a court Tuesday to annul the release of the man who shot Pope John Paul II and return him to prison for at least 11 more months for crimes he committed in Turkey. Mehmet Ali Agca was released from an Istanbul prison Thursday after serving 19 years in Italy for shooting the pope on May 13, 1981, and 5 1/2 more in Turkey for the murder of a Turkish journalist here in 1979.