TUZLA - A U.S. soldier was seriously injured and two other Americans and a Swede suffered light injuries when what they thought was a dummy detonator exploded. The U.S. soldier of the NATO-led peace force was showing the detonator to his colleagues when it exploded in a tent, partially removing the tip of his left index finger and thumb, the U.S. military said.


OTTAWA - In what the chief justice calls Canada's most important legal case ever, the Supreme Court opened hearings on whether Quebec has the right to secede unilaterally and declare independence.


TEHRAN - A U.S. wrestling team's visit to Iran for an international meet should not be viewed as a step toward establishing formal ties with the United States, a conservative cleric said. "If some sportsmen come here, it has nothing to do with government relations," said Ayatollah Mohammad Yazdi, who heads Iran's powerful judiciary.


LONDON - Lord Granville of Eye, the oldest member of the House of Lords, died Saturday, two days after celebrating his 100th birthday. Granville, a survivor of the Australian force defeated at Gallipoli in World War I, died in his sleep at a nursing home, his family said.


MOSCOW - President Boris Yeltsin, who on Tuesday makes his annual address to the two chambers of Russia's parliament, has ruled out any immediate government reshuffle, Russian media said.


BEIJING - Veteran Chinese dissident Qin Yongmin has sent a petition to parliament calling for political reforms ahead of the annual session of the lawmaking body, a Hong Kong-based human rights group said.


STOCKHOLM - A Swedish church has received a videotape of the young pair of Swedish missionaries kidnapped in southern Russia last month, indicating they are still alive, the Swedish Foreign Ministry said.


MOGADISHU - Four people were killed and five wounded when rival militiamen from one of Somalia's main clans fought a pitched battle south of the capital, witnesses said.


LAGOS - The army said 26 people accused of plotting a coup against the country's military rulers would hear the charges against them in a tribunal.


VILNIUS - A man went on a house-to-house killing spree and shot dead eight neighbors before he was beaten to death by survivors in a small village in Lithuania.


KHARTOUM - An official report said 19 people including Sudan's vice president were killed and eight were still missing after a military plane crashed Thursday.


NICOSIA - Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash called for direct talks between the two communities on the divided island after the re-election of President Glafcos Clerides.


PARIS - Eurotunnel, the debt-laden operator of the Channel Tunnel, said it trimmed its losses in 1997 due to an increase in passengers traveling by train and car.

Czech Republic

PRAGUE - President Vaclav Havel, making favorable progress after being hospitalized four days ago, will have a throat operation later this week, his doctors said.