Argentina

Seagulls attack whales

What began as bizarre bird behavior has turned into something out of a horror film for threatened whales in Argentina, where seagulls have learned that pecking at the whalesí backs can get them a regular seafood dinner. Seagull attacks on southern right whales have become so common now that authorities are planning to shoot the gulls in hopes of reducing their population. Environmentalists say the plan is misguided and that humans are the real problem, creating so much garbage that the gull population has exploded.

IRAQ

Security forces killed

Attacks targeting Iraqi security forces on Tuesday killed seven people, including six soldiers, authorities said. Security forces are a top target for insurgents seeking to destabilize Iraq and undermine its government.

Italy

Religious relic recovered

A trio of thieves aboard a train stole a priestís backpack containing a vial of the late Pope John Paul IIís blood on Tuesday, but police recovered the relic a few hours later, authorities said. The relic was found in a stand of reeds and grass near the railway station in the seaside town of Marina di Cerveteri, where the thieves had gotten off the train, said state railways police official Domenico Ponziani.

England

Tabloid riles readers

A press watchdog says it has received some 3,600 complaints over the Sunís decision to publish nude photos of Britainís Prince Harry. The tabloid was the only national newspaper to carry the pictures, which first appeared online and quickly became an international talking point. They captured the third in line to Britainís throne frolicking in the nude with an unidentified woman after what was alleged to have been a game of strip billiards in his Las Vegas hotel room. Royal officials werenít among those whoíd filed complaints with Britainís Press Complaints Commission.

Compiled from wire reports.