Bin Laden urges troop withdrawal
In a new audiotape, Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden demanded that European nations withdraw their troops from Afghanistan, saying they were sacrificing lives and money in an unjust U.S.-led war.
"We are not demanding anything unjust. It is just for you to end injustice and withdraw your soldiers," he said in the recording, released on the Internet with a background picture of Bin Laden and with subtitles in German and English.
"One of the greatest injustices is to kill people unjustly, and this is exactly what your governments and soldiers are committing under the cover of the NATO alliance in Afghanistan," Bin Laden said in the recording, titled "A Message to the People of Europe."
"An intelligent person does not waste his children and wealth for the sake of a gang in Washington," he said. The four-minute recording was produced by Al Qaeda's media arm, As Sahab.
Olmert asserts his innocence
Ehud Olmert became the first current or past Israeli prime minister to go on trial, insisting in a Jerusalem courtroom that he is innocent of corruption allegations that drove him from office.
The allegations that haunted Olmert's term, which ended this year, gravely damaged Israelis' faith in their leaders and hurt Olmert's chances of reaching a peace deal with the Palestinians.
Entering the court, Olmert told reporters that he had been subjected to an "ordeal of slanders and investigations."
Olmert, 63, left politics when rival Benjamin Netanyahu became prime minister in March. Olmert has largely been out of the public eye since then.
Human remains found at ranch
The chief prosecutor's office said it had unearthed the remains of 17 peasants who were tortured and killed at a ranch that belonged to the late militia leader Carlos Castano in Colombia's northwest.
The peasants were believed slain 10 to 12 years ago by men under the command of Jesus Ignacio Roldan, alias Monoleche, a Castano lieutenant who later participated in the 2004 killing of the far-right militia leader, the prosecutor's office said in a statement.
All the bodies found at the ranch -- known as La 35, in the Uraba banana-growing region -- had been "dismembered and showed signs of torture," the statement said.
In the south, a rebel mass grave was found Thursday near La Uribe, a traditional stronghold of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, said the armed forces chief, Gen. Freddy Padilla. He said the FARC fighters were believed killed during fighting in July.