Second night of unrest near Paris

BAGNOLET, France - Restive youths in a Paris suburb were harassing police and torching cars and a bus in a second night of unrest prompted by the death of a teen fleeing police.

Nearly a half-dozen torched cars and a burned-out tourist bus could be seen near a housing project where youths were setting street fires and hurling objects at police.

Police had sent reinforcements into Bagnolet, just east of Paris, after a night of violence following the Sunday night death of an 18-year-old fleeing police by motorcycle.

Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux had called for calm, signaling fears that unrest by angry suburban youth could worsen. - AP

Soldiers' remains found from 1974

NICOSIA, Cyprus - The remains of five Greek Cypriot soldiers who appear in an iconic 1974 photo surrendering to invading Turkish troops were found in an abandoned well in the Turkish Cypriot north, officials said yesterday.

The soldiers' families and Greek Cypriot officials called the photographs proof that they were murdered in the custody of Turkish troops.

"It's a cold-blooded execution," Andreas Hadjikyriakos, a brother of one of the soldiers told state TV.

Turkey invaded 35 years ago and split Cyprus into an internationally recognized Greek south and a breakaway Turkish north in response to a coup by Athens-backed supporters of union with Greece.

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British spy chief denies torture

LONDON - Britain's foreign spy chief denied in an interview broadcast yesterday by the BBC that agents tortured terror suspects or that Britain colluded with countries that use torture.

The claims by John Scarlett, the MI6 chief, comes amid growing calls for an official inquiry into how much the government knew about the treatment of terror suspects overseas.

Several British residents who allege they were tortured or abused in countries such as Pakistan and Morocco say British intelligence agents were complicit in their mistreatment because they fed questions to foreign interrogators. - AP


A massive statue of Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin collapsed on a drunken man who was hanging from its arm yesterday in the southeastern Belarus town of Uvarovichi, killing him on the spot, authorities said.

South American presidents meeting in Quito, Ecuador, expressed deep concerns yesterday with a planned U.S. military expansion in Colombia, but failed to reach consensus on a joint statement rejecting U.S. long-term leases on Colombian bases.

Italian police said yesterday they are hunting for burglars who stole $15.5 million in cash and jewelry from a Saudi princess' hotel room on the resort island of Sardinia last week.

Fourteen people are dead and at least 33 hospitalized after two trucks loaded with passengers collided yesterday in the central Cuban province of Ciego de Avila, officials said.