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Turkey: Military plot?

ANKARA — Once they were untouchable. For decades, Turkey's senior military officers, self-appointed guardians of the country's secular tradition, called the shots.

But Monday, the balance of power in this EU candidate appeared to have undergone a major shift. Turkish police detained 52 military commanders for allegedly planning to blow up mosques in order to trigger a military takeover and overthrow the Islamic-oriented government.

The detentions showed that the elected government is trying to take the upper hand against the military, which has ousted four governments since 1960.

Police in simultaneous operations in eight cities detained 21 generals and admirals, including ex-deputy chief Gen. Ergin Saygun, former Air Force chief Gen. Ibrahim Firtina and Navy Chief Adm. Ozden Ornek.

The military strongly denies the allegations.

Peru: Buses crash

LIMA — Two buses crashed head-on along a remote stretch of highway in northeast Peru Monday, killing at least 38 people and injuring 58, police said.

Police and firefighters used cutting equipment to reach the injured trapped inside the twisted wreckage of the buses, which collided shortly before dawn on the Panamerican Highway between Rio Hondo and Viru, 290 miles northeast of the capital.

No official cause was given for the accident, but Peruvian newspaper El Comercio posted pictures showing that the stretch of highway where the accident took place lacked an obligatory white dividing line separating the opposing lanes.

There were no foreign tourists among the dead, police said.

N. Ireland: IRA bomb

DUBLIN — Irish Republican Army dissidents detonated their first car bomb in nearly a decade Monday night, damaging a courthouse but injuring nobody in an attack designed to rattle Northern Ireland's peace process.

A local hospital and several businesses received warning calls from IRA dissidents after an explosives-packed vehicle was rammed into the gates of the empty courthouse in Newry, a Northern Ireland border town midway between Belfast and Dublin, at about 10 p.m.

Police said they still were evacuating nearby streets when the bomb exploded a half-hour later. The local police commander, Chief Inspector Sam Cordner, said it was "a sheer miracle" that nobody in the surrounding area was seriously wounded or killed.

IRA dissidents opposed to Northern Ireland's 1998 peace accord had not successfully exploded a car bomb since 2001.

Haiti: Aid disrupted

PORT-AU-PRINCE — Homeless victims of Haiti's earthquake said Monday that police are halting deliveries of food and water to try to force them to leave their camp on the grounds of the prime minister's office .

Police have padlocked gates to the camp where about 2,500 homeless people live under bed sheets propped on sticks on the sloping hill leading to the office.

A police officer guarding the gate refused to give his name or to comment on accusations they have been turning away trucks carrying food and water for the past 10 days. Calls to the information ministry on Monday were unanswered, as was an e-mail to the prime minister's chief aide.

Britain: Drilling dispute

LONDON — A British oil exploration company said Monday it began drilling near the Falkland Islands, a development that could worsen tensions between Britain and Argentina, which fought a war over the disputed islands nearly three decades ago.

Desire Petroleum PLC said it started drilling for oil about 60 miles north of the disputed Falkland Islands, despite strong opposition from Argentina. The country claims the south Atlantic islands as its own and calls them Las Malvinas.

Argentina lost a seven-week war over the islands to Britain in 1982 and the two countries have since pledged to resolve their differences peacefully.

But moves to begin exploiting what could be lucrative reserves of oil and gas around the islands have sent tensions soaring.