Pakistan details terrorist plot

ISLAMABAD — Eight Germans and two British brothers are at the heart of an al-Qaida-linked terrorist plot against European cities, but the plan is still in its early stages, with the suspects calling acquaintances in Europe to plan logistics, a Pakistani intelligence official said Thursday. One of the Britons died in a recent CIA missile strike, he said.

The revelations underscore the role of Pakistan as a haven for many would-be Islamist militants with foreign ties, a worrying prospect for Western countries who face additional challenges when tracking terrorist suspects among citizens who have passports and easier access to their shores.

Pakistan, Britain and Germany are tracking the suspects and intercepting their phone calls, the official told the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release the information to the media.

Mexico landslide toll rises to at least 32

OAXACA, Mexico — A rain-soaked hillside crumbled and crushed an elderly couple in their home Thursday, and rescuers found more bodies buried by earlier landslides, raising the death toll from a series of slides in southern Mexico to at least 32.

In the worst disaster, a mudslide surged into a community in Chiapas state Wednesday, killing 16 people and injuring 13, while another avalanche claimed three lives in the nearby town of Angel Albino Corzo, federal officials said.

A landslide Thursday morning in the town of Villa Hidalgo Yalalag, in Oaxaca state, buried an 80-year-old man and his 68-year-old wife, said Mayor Onesimo Cuevas.

He said relatives and neighbors recovered the bodies after the slide, which came when a rain-drenched hillside collapsed on their home.