3 more held in U.K. death

LONDON - British police on Saturday arrested three more suspects in connection with the killing of an off-duty soldier that has raised fresh concerns about terrorism.

Scotland Yard said officers arrested two men, ages 24 and 28, at a house in southeast London. A third man, 21, was arrested on a London street at the same time. All three were held on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder.

Officers have detained several others in connection with the murder of Lee Rigby, 25, who was hit with a vehicle and then stabbed with knives outside the Royal Artillery Barracks in south London on Wednesday afternoon.

The two main suspects, who were shot by police at the scene, are under guard in separate hospitals. - AP

Anti-Mafia cleric honored

ROME - An Italian priest who stirred consciences with his anti-Mafia preaching and who was gunned down by mobsters has been honored by the Vatican as a martyr.

The Rev. Giuseppe "Pino" Puglisi was beatified in a ceremony Saturday in Palermo, the Sicilian capital where he worked in a mobster-infested, poor neighborhood.

He was slain in 1993, a few months after Pope John Paul II visited Sicily and urged priests to rally the faithful against organized crime.

Puglisi encouraged young people, often jobless and easily recruited by Cosa Nostra, to turn their backs on the mob.

Beatification is the last formal step in the Catholic process before possible sainthood. - AP

Scroll fragments offered

JERUSALEM - Parts of the Dead Sea Scrolls are up for sale - in tiny pieces.

Nearly 70 years after the discovery of the world's oldest biblical manuscripts, the Palestinian family who originally sold them to scholars and institutions is marketing the leftovers, fragments the family says it has kept in a Swiss safe deposit box.

Most of the scraps are barely the size of postage stamps, and some are blank. But in the last few years, evangelical Christian collectors and U.S. institutions have forked out millions of dollars for a chunk of this archaeological treasure. That has angered Israel's government antiquities authority, which holds most of the scrolls, and which has threatened to seize any pieces that hit the market.

Written about 2,000 years ago, the manuscripts are the earliest copies of the Hebrew Bible ever found, and the oldest written evidence of the roots of Judaism and Christianity in the Holy Land.

- AP

18 hurt in Russian blast

MAKHACHKALA, Russia - A female suicide bomber blew herself up in the southern Russian region of Dagestan on Saturday, injuring at least 18, including two children and five police officers, police said. The attacker was later identified as the widow of two Islamic radicals killed by security forces.

It was the first suicide bombing in Dagestan since the Boston Marathon attacks last month. The Tsarnaev brothers who carried out those attacks lived in this turbulent Caucasus province before moving to the United States.

The woman was identified as Madina Alieva, 25, who married an Islamist who was killed in 2009 and who then wedded another Islamic radical, who was gunned down last year, police spokeswoman Fatina Ubaidatova said.

Dagestan remains a center of violence in the confrontation between Islamic radicals and federal forces. Islamic extremists strive to create an independent Muslim state, or "emirate," in the Caucasus and parts of southern Russia with a sizable Muslim population.

- AP