IRELAND

Suspect faces extradition

An Algerian man wanted by American authorities over the abortive “Jihad Jane” plot to assassinate a Swedish artist was arrested while leaving an Irish courthouse Wednesday and could face U.S. extradition demands. Ali Charaf Damache, 47, had just walked free from a court in Waterford, southeast Ireland, after three years in an Irish prison when detectives acting on an American extradition warrant rearrested and escorted him, handcuffed, to an unmarked police car. Court officials said his extradition proceedings could begin today in Dublin High Court. The FBI and U.S. Justice Department accuse Damache of being the ringleader behind an unrealized 2009 conspiracy to target artist Lars Vilks in Sweden over his series of drawings depicting the Muslim prophet Muhammad as a dog.

SLOVENIA

Prime minister ousted

Slovenia’s parliament ousted Prime Minister Janez Jansa and his conservative government Wednesday, while designating a financial expert from the opposition to try to form a new administration. The moves come amid corruption allegations against Jansa and growing public anger over the struggling economy and austerity measures that have seen living standards fall and unemployment rise. The 55-33 no-confidence vote named Alenka Bratusek as prime minister-designate. Bratusek, 42, would be the first female to lead Slovenia’s government since its secession from Yugoslavia in 1991.

PERU

U.S. couple reported safe

Peru’s tourism minister said Wednesday that he spoke with a California man who has been reported missing along with his girlfriend for more than a month and that the couple is navigating an Amazon tributary headed for Ecuador. Jose Luis Silva said that when he told Garrett Hand, 25, about all the commotion he and girlfriend Jamie Neal caused by failing to notify relatives of their whereabouts, Hand was surprised and laughed, saying that everything in Peru was “fantastic.” Silva did not say how he contacted the couple, who are reportedly on the Napo River.

Compiled from wire reports.