JERUSALEM - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Friday he had "no qualms" over a U.N. resolution that calls for Israel's unconditional withdrawal from its occupation zone in south Lebanon.
SAO PAULO - A Brazilian thief was killed Friday when the grenade he was carrying blew up in his hands while he was being pursued by police, authorities said.
LYON - A French court sentenced a 79-year-old woman to 18 months in jail for poisoning her neighbor and his day nurse with chocolate eclairs laced with tranquilizers.
BOGOTA - A veteran Colombian lawyer and human rights advocate was shot and killed Friday by pistol-wielding gunmen who burst into his office in the northwest city of Medellin, police said.
OSLO - Seven Finnish seamen were missing in the North Sea in gale-force winds Friday after their freighter ran into trouble off the southern tip of Norway, Norwegian rescue services said.
HALIFAX - A judge dismissed a first-degree murder charge against a doctor accused of killing a terminally ill cancer patient. Judge Hughes Randall said he did not believe prosecutors could obtain a conviction against Dr. Nancy Morrison of Halifax.
HELSINKI - Letters to Santa Claus can provide a touching glimpse of children's hopes, and Finland has decided they're too good a resource to be wasted.
DUESSELDORF - In one of their biggest operations ever against organized crime, German police raided bordellos, apartments and refugee homes to break up a gang believed responsible for forcing Eastern European women into slavery as prostitutes.
BELFAST - A British soldier convicted of murdering a Belfast teenager won a retrial Friday, raising fears of new violence over a case that has provoked riots in Northern Ireland.
ROME - The altitude gauge may have malfunctioned on a U.S. Marine jet that swooped low and severed a ski gondola cable in the Italian Alps, the lawyer for the plane's crew said Friday.
BEIJING - China plans to eliminate 4 million jobs from government payrolls as part of a far-reaching reform to pare the bloated bureaucracy, an official newspaper said Friday.
TBILISI - Authorities have released 12 kidnapping suspects who surrendered after a weeklong hostage siege involving four U.N. military observers, officials said.
SREMSKA MITROVICA - Serbian officials denied Friday that up to 50 prisoners of war from the Muslim enclave of Srebrenica are being secretly held in a Serbian prison.
VILNIUS - Five years after being stripped of his U.S. citizenship, Kazys Gimzauskas was indicted Friday for his alleged role in the murder of Lithuanian Jews during World War II.
FREETOWN - President Ahmed Tejan Kabbah is returning to a country in dire economic straits, the reinstated finance ministry warned Friday, hours after the deposed leader declared his intention to resume power.