Israeli troops killed five Palestinian militants on the West Bank on Wednesday in a move that could set back attempts to secure a cease-fire with armed groups firing rockets from the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.
Israeli soldiers and border police launched a combined operation Wednesday afternoon in Bethlehem to capture Mohammed Shehadeh, a senior West Bank military leader of Islamic Jihad.
An Israeli army spokeswoman said the soldiers spotted Shehadeh and three other men in a car, concluded they were armed and opened fire, killing all four.
Drug suspect will be sent to U.S.
Mexican authorities announced Wednesday that they have captured a U.S. citizen alleged to be a top member of a major drug cartel and said they will send him back to the United States immediately.
Gustavo Rivera Martinez, 46, reputed to be a top member of the Tijuana-based Arellano Felix cartel, will be turned over to agents of the U.S. government, which wants him on drug charges, Interior Secretary Juan Camilo Mourino told a news conference.
Mexican authorities said Rivera Martinez was captured Tuesday night along with three other suspects in the state of Baja California Sur.
Rivera Martinez has been a fugitive since 2002, according to information posted on the Web site of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and the U.S. government has offered a $2 million reward for his capture.
Rice, Gates will go to Moscow
President Bush will send Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defense Secretary Robert Gates to Moscow next month for talks with their Russian counterparts.
White House press secretary Dana Perino said Wednesday that the two will travel to the Russian capital Monday and Tuesday for discussions on a wide range of bilateral issues, including missile defense, cooperation on nonproliferation and counter-terrorism.
She said that Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the meeting during a phone call last week. Perino added that “both agreed it would be a good idea.”