News in Brief

Two arrested in Northern Ireland, IRA weapons seized

Northern Ireland police say they have arrested two men after they were caught moving suspected Irish Republican Army guns, ammunition and a pipe bomb in Londonderry. Neighboring homes were evacuated as police searched a residence of the men, aged 50 and 24. The men were driving two cars in an apparent weapons-movement convoy that police had under surveillance. Police this year have repeatedly intercepted IRA attacks, including two attempted mortar attacks last month against police stations in Belfast and Londonderry. ‏(AP)

Volcano spews ash in central Mexico

The Popocatepetl volcano has spewed a dense cloud of ash over the central Mexico state of Puebla, with ash falling to the ground in several towns. Mexico’s National Disaster Prevention Center says ash was blown about 400 yards into the air above the volcano, located east of Mexico City. Prevailing winds carried the material northeast, away from Mexico City. The center said ash falls had been confirmed in Huejotzingo, near the city of Puebla, which is capital of the state of the same name. The 17,886-foot volcano periodically emits bursts of ash, vapor and sometimes glowing rock. ‏(AP‏)

Guards, inmates face off in GITMO cell sweep

Guards swept through communal cellblocks at the Guantanamo detention camp on Saturday and moved the prisoners into one-man cells in an attempt to end a hunger strike that began in February, a U.S. military spokesman said. “Some detainees resisted with improvised weapons, and in response, four less-than-lethal rounds were fired. There were no serious injuries to guards or detainees,” Navy Captain Robert Durand said in a news release. He said the action was taken because detainees had covered windows and surveillance cameras to block the guards’ view into the cellblocks. ‏(Reuters‏)

U.K.’s Cameron makes his case in Germany over EU relationship

Prime Minister David Cameron has laid out his case for renegotiating Britain’s relationship with the rest of the European Union in a tete-a-tete with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. But a statement released by Cameron’s Downing Street office released Saturday gave no clue as to how his proposals were received by his German counterpart. Cameron has vowed to renegotiate his country’s ties with the EU and hold a referendum on Britain’s membership − promises which have alarmed many of the U.K.’s European partners, Merkel among them. ‏(AP)

Russian billionaire’s daughter buys Onassis island

The daughter of Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev has bought the Greek resort island where shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis famously married Jacqueline Kennedy in the 1960s, Rybolovlev’s investment office said. The sale price was not disclosed. (Reuters)