England

Sources allegedly paid

Rupert Murdochís top-selling U.K. tabloid, The Sun, had a culture of making illegal payments to corrupt public officials in return for stories, a senior police officer said Monday, as Murdoch announced that the paperís first-ever Sunday edition had sold more than 3 million copies. Sue Akers, a Metropolitan Police deputy assistant commissioner, told Britainís media ethics inquiry that the newspaper openly referred to paying its sources and that such payments had been authorized at a senior level.

Kenya

Cruise ship drifting

An Italian cruise liner carrying more than 1,000 people was adrift without power in the pirate-infested Indian Ocean on Monday after a fire erupted in its generator room. The blaze was extinguished without causing any injuries, officials said. Two tug boats from the island nation of Seychelles were steaming toward the drifting Costa Allegra, which had 636 passengers and 413 crew members on board, but they were not expected to arrive until this afternoon at the earliest.

Turkey

Limb transplant fails

A 27-year-old Turkish man who underwent the worldís first would-be quadruple limb transplant died Monday, hours after the limbs were removed due to metabolic failure, the hospital said. Hacettepe University said doctors had to remove two arms and two legs that were transplanted on Sevket Cavdar on Friday night because of a serious metabolic disorder and tissue incompatibility.

Iran

Oscar seen as triumph

Iran trumpeted the Islamic Republicís first foreign film Oscar win Monday as a triumph over archfoe Israel. The groundbreaking success of A Separation, which tells the story of a failing marriage, was cast mostly in nationalist terms by Iranian authorities amid a mounting showdown between Israel and its Western allies over Tehranís disputed nuclear program.

Compiled from wire reports.