U.S. missiles kill 3 in Pakistan

MIR ALI, Pakistan — A suspected U.S. missile struck a house in northwest Pakistan close to the Afghan border Tuesday, killing three people, Pakistani intelligence officials said.

The identities of the victims in Miran Shah in North Waziristan were not known, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to media.

U.K. expels Israeli diplomat over Dubai case

LONDON — Britain took the extraordinary step Tuesday of expelling an Israeli diplomat for the first time in more than 20 years, after concluding there was compelling evidence that Israel was responsible for the use of forged British pass- ports in the plot to slay a senior Hamas operative in Dubai.

British Foreign Secretary David Miliband said trust between the two countries had been badly dented, demanded formal assurances it never happen again and — in an unusual step — issued travel advice to U.K. citizens warning their identity details may be at risk if they visit Israel.

Grandiose plan for east Jerusalem submitted

JERUSALEM — Jerusalem city hall has submitted a grandiose plan for hotels, businesses and new housing for Palestinians in the center of east Jerusalem, according to a statement issued Tuesday, triggering renewed Palestinian objections.

The plan calls for developing a large area across from the Old City wall for tourism and commerce, as well as building 1,000 additional apartments.

Palestinians claim east Jerusalem as the capital of the state they want to create, and they object in principle to any Israeli construction there.

German ‘gang of retirees’ sentenced in kidnapping

BERLIN — Three German retirees who lost $1.4 million in the financial crisis and kidnapped their American investment adviser in an attempt to recoup the money were convicted Tuesday, with their 74-year-old ringleader sentenced to six years in prison.

Two couples, aged between 61 and 80, had invested their savings with James A., a financial adviser who worked out of offices in the United States and Germany, the Traunstein regional court said.

— Herald wire services