China

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.

Albania

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.

Chile

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.

Lebanon

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

Pakistan

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.

Turkey

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.

Senegal

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.

Japan

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.

Belgium

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.

Poland

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.

Taiwan

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

Vietnam

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.

Germany

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.

Uzbekistan

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.

England

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.