SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador - Cuba has agreed to resume talks with the Obama administration on legal immigration of Cubans to the United States and direct mail service between the two countries in a move welcomed by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
"These talks are part of our effort to forge a new way forward on Cuba that advances the interests of the United States, the Cuban people and our entire hemisphere," she said yesterday. Clinton spoke after talks with Latin American foreign and trade ministers.
The communist government notified the United States on Saturday that it had accepted an administration overture made May 22 to restart the immigration talks, suspended by President George W. Bush after the last meeting in 2003. Cuba also expressed a willingness to cooperate on fighting terrorism and drug trafficking, and on hurricane preparedness.
TEHRAN, Iran - An Iranian airliner was forced to return to a southern airport minutes after takeoff when a homemade bomb was found aboard, according to state television.
The report said the bomb was found in a toilet, but gave no other details on the device. The plane, carrying 140 passengers, returned to an airport in the city of Ahvaz 15 minutes after takeoff Saturday after a passenger reported a suspicious package.
As Iran prepares for its June 12 presidential election, there have been a number of violent incidents.
A bombing Thursday at a mosque in the southern city of Zahedan killed 25 people and wounded 80. A day later, a shooting at President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's campaign office in the same city injured three people.
NAPLES, Italy - Bandits have vandalized the tombs of two of Italy's most beloved artists, the legendary tenor Enrico Caruso and comic actor Toto, news reports said yesterday. The tombs are located near each other in the Santa Maria del Pianto cemetery in Naples.
Television footage yesterday of Toto's mausoleum showed a bare spot above the doorway where a coat of arms, made by Toto himself, once was affixed. Nearby, vandals broke into the chapel in Caruso's tomb and stole a bronze candelabra, the ANSA news agency reported.
The world-renowned Caruso died in 1921 at age 48. Born Antonio De Curtis, Toto remains one of Italy's most beloved and famous comics. He died in 1967 after starring in dozens of films.