Belgium

BRUSSELS - NATO ambassadors decided Wednesday to maintain the present level of over 30,000 peacekeeping troops in Bosnia after the mandate of the NATO-led Stabilization Force expires June 30, alliance sources said.

Italy

NAPLES - A 14-year-old boy was shot dead in Naples, the 10th victim in as many days of a bloody feud between Mafia clans.

United Arab Emirates

DUBAI - Saudi Arabia beheaded a Saudi man for fatally shooting his wife. The execution was the fourth in the conservative Islamic kingdom this year.

Moldova

CHISINAU - Nationalists and communists are likely to win most seats in Moldova's parliamentary elections next month but the biggest victor could be apathy, according to an opinion survey.

Switzerland

GENEVA - Swiss-led balloonists have compensated a Burmese peasant for damage they have caused to his bean crop after their hot-air balloon landed in his fields earlier this month..

Kenya

NAIROBI - A Kenyan doctor who removed a bean stuck in the ear of a young girl forced it back when her parents said they couldn't afford the bill, local newspapers reported.

Nigeria

LAGOS - Nigeria's army said that more people were being questioned over an alleged coup plot for which 26 people already face a military tribunal.

Zambia

LUSAKA - Former Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda, 73, was charged in court with concealing information about last October's failed coup in the southern African country.

Benin

COTONOU - Benin's post and telecommunications un-ion said it had called a 24-hour strike for Thursday, joining a civil-service strike that has been widely followed.

Indonesia

JAKARTA - Bush fires continued to burn on the Indonesian part of Borneo island, with nearly 200 "hot spots" reported in the east of the island alone, government officials said.

Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia has ruled that express and tour buses be fitted with a "black box" that will record details of their journeys after a spate of fatal accidents involving the vehicles, a minister said.

Ireland

DUBLIN - The IRA's political arm, Sinn Fein, launched legal action to stop Britain throwing it out of Northern Irish peace talks.

China

BEIJING - The United Nations plans to help famine-stricken North Korea boost its grain output and gradually phase out food aid for the hungry nation.

Mexico

SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS - Nearly 200 human-rights observers have met with a Roman Catholic commission mediating the government-rebel dispute in the southern state of Chiapas.

Britain

LONDON - A fire on a crowded London-bound commuter train forced nearly 1,000 passengers to evacuate during rush hour, but emergency officials said no one was hurt.

Philippines

MANILA - In a final bid to avoid up to 12 years in prison, former first lady Imelda Marcos asked the full Supreme Court to overturn her 1993 graft conviction.