South Korea

SEOUL - U.S. Commerce Secretary William M. Daley warned South Korea against flooding the United States with exports or using unfair trade practices to solve its currency and debt problems.

Indonesia

JAKARTA - President Su-harto dismissed the governor of the central bank amid Indonesia's worst economic crisis in 30 years, while security forces struggled to keep a lid on social unrest prompted by soaring inflation and unemployment.

Russia

MOSCOW - Alexander Lebed, a tough-talking ex-army general and former national security chief, officially declared that he would run for governor of a Siberian province.

Philippines

MANILA - Filipino women forced into sexual slavery for Japan's troops during World War II urged Japanese royals to help them obtain official government compensation.

Ireland

DUBLIN - Supporters of the IRA-allied Sinn Fein party protested efforts to banish the party from Northern Ireland's peace talks in response to killings blamed on the Irish Republican Army.

Mexico

MEXICO CITY - Five Australian women have disappeared in Mexico and may have been kidnapped by bandits disguised as police, newspapers and officials said.

Thailand

BANGKOK - Some 30,000 illegal foreign workers, mostly from Burma, have been repatriated in the past three months as the country grapples with an economic crisis and growing unemployment, officials said.

China

BEIJING - Thirty Chinese seamen are feared dead after their ship sank in the South China Sea earlier this month.

Germany

BONN - Controversial German writer Ernst Juenger died Tuesday at age 102. Juenger was branded a Nazi apologist, warmonger, mystic and master stylist during long career.

France

PARIS - Riot police used tear gas against bands of youths who looted shops on the French Caribbean island of Martinique overnight, France-2 television reported.

Zambia

LUSAKA - The government said it would charge former President Kenneth Kaunda with treason on the ground that he had concealed his part in last October's failed coup.

Norway

OSLO - A man out for a stroll on a small Norwegian island spotted a bag floating near the shore, pulled it in and made the country's largest-ever cocaine haul. The padlocked bag contained 72 pounds of cocaine with an estimated value of $7.5 million.

Japan

TOKYO - The military defused a 264-pound World War II bomb after evacuating 1,500 people from Ebina, 28 miles southwest of Tokyo.

Egypt

CAIRO - Authorities hanged four Muslim militants in a Cairo prison for offenses that included killing a police officer and attacking banks.

Kazakhstan

ALMATY - Economic pressures and poor quality of life are damaging the reproductive health of Kazakhstan's women, a health official said.

Greece

SALONIKA - Farmers in central and northern Greece ended a two-week protest after failing to rally support from political parties and unions.