BEIJING - Zhao Changqing, a Chinese democracy campaigner who wanted to run for a seat in the local legislature, has been freed after a month's detention without trial, a fellow dissident said Monday.


TIRANA - Government troops stormed into Shkodra Monday, reclaiming the devastated town a day after armed gangs burned the university and the library and looted banks.


SANTIAGO - An American wanted on fraud charges in Missouri died Monday after apparently jumping from his sixth-floor apartment just hours before he was to be deported.


MARJAYOUN - A pro-Israeli militiaman was wounded Monday when guerrillas shelled a South Lebanon Army outpost inside Israel's south Lebanon occupation zone.


ISLAMABAD - The party of Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto and an ethnic party backing Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif walked out in protest as new President Mohammad Rafiq Tarar addressed parliament Monday.


ANKARA - Turkey's parliament on Monday took the first step toward putting fallen Islamist leader and former prime minister Necmettin Erbakan on trial on charges he violated public order laws.


DAKAR - Suspected rebels killed six people including the head of a local mosque in a weekend attack in Senegal's Casamance Province, local officials said Monday.


TOKYO - Two members of a Japanese doomsday cult were jailed Monday for planting a cyanide gas bomb in a busy Tokyo subway station in 1995.


BRUSSELS - Delegates from around the world will meet in Brussels on Tuesday intent on trying to kick-start the Middle East peace process, stalled for nearly a year.


WARSAW - Despite objections of his allies from Poland's former Communist Party, President Aleksander Kwasniewski signed a controversial treaty with the Vatican Monday that had been stalled for years by the previous leftist legislature.


TAIPEI - In a new bid to escape diplomatic isolation, a top Taiwanese official left Monday on unannounced visits to the Middle East and Malaysia.


HANOI - A mass grave of Vietnamese soldiers who fought against the U.S.-backed government in the former Saigon has been recovered in Vietnam's central highlands.


BUCHENWALD - Pencil drawings hastily sketched by a prisoner on the back of SS documents are among the artworks on display at the former Buchenwald concentration camp.


MOSCOW - An Uzbekistan army private shot and killed eight fellow soldiers in a dispute over food in the central Asian nation, a news report said Monday.


LONDON - Britain on Monday dismissed an Argentine newspaper report that Buenos Aires had initiated secret talks over the disputed Falkland Islands ahead of a visit by President Carlos Menem to London.