JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Saudi Arabia has made clear to Washington -- publicly and privately -- that the U.S. military will not be allowed to use the kingdom's soil in any way for an attack on Iraq, Foreign Minister Prince Saud said Wednesday.
Saud said in an interview with The Associated Press that his country opposes any U.S. operation against Iraq.
Palestinians approve Israeli withdrawal plan
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- The Palestinian Cabinet accepted Israel's proposal for a troop withdrawal from some areas of the West Bank and Gaza Strip in exchange for Palestinian security guarantees, even as Israeli troops hunting terror suspects killed five Palestinians Wednesday in three raids.
The Cabinet's approval of the plan was preliminary, pending an Israeli-Palestinian security meeting later in the day, said Palestinian Planning Minister Nabil Shaath.
The decision marked a possible opening for easing Israel's military presence in Palestinian areas and came as a senior Palestinian delegation left for talks with Secretary of State Colin Powell in Washington.
Pilots blamed for Ukraine air show crash
LVIV, Ukraine (AP) -- The pilots of a fighter jet involved in the world's worst air show disaster deviated from their flight plan and tried tricky new maneuvers before crashing into spectators, killing 85, the chief investigator said Wednesday.
Yevhen Marchuk also said that operational issues, organizational problems and a lack of adequate preventative measures contributed to the horrific crash.
Deadly clash reported
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Attackers struck an Afghan army base on Wednesday in southern Kabul, and 15 people were killed, including 11 guerrillas, authorities reported.
It was the most serious battle in the capital in months, and came just a day after U.S. troops killed four men who reportedly opened fire on them in Kunar province.
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