HAVANA (AP) - Cuba's Fidel Castro says Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is getting "much better" after undergoing a fourth cancer operation in December.
Russia says two Russians and an Italian kidnapped by Syrian rebels have been freed in exchange for captured militants.
A Pakistani girl shot by the Taliban has made her first video statement since she was nearly killed, saying she is recovering.
The Palestinian militant group Hamas says Israel has arrested 20 of its members, including three lawmakers, in a West Bank raid.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says he's ready to be the first Iranian astronaut sent into space as part of Iran's goal of manned space flight.
The Guardian newspaper says that London's Metropolitan Police Service stole the identities of dozens of dead children to use as aliases for undercover officers, learning the infants' personal histories and even issuing fake passports in their names.