TEHRAN - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami, faced with growing dissatisfaction over the economy, called on Saturday for an overhaul of Iran's "sick economy" by boosting production and cutting dependence on oil.

TEHRAN - Conservative opponents of Iranian President Mohammad Khatami appeared to have made gains in parliamentary by-elections, according to results announced on Saturday.


TEGUCIGALPA - Medical teams Saturday were dispatched to battle an outbreak of cholera in a remote region of Honduras near the border of Nicaragua, officials said.


MEXICO CITY - The father of Mexican presidential candidate Luis Donaldo Colosio, who was shot dead while campaigning four years ago, said Saturday his son could have been the victim of a political conspiracy.

MEXICO CITY - Wayne Smith, former head of the U.S. interest section in Cuba, said Saturday that opposition to the 36-year-old U.S. embargo of the island is growing.


BOGOTA - A 35-year-old radio journalist, Jose Abel Salazar, was found stabbed to death in his apartment on Saturday in Manizales, 100 miles west of here.


VANCOUVER - Bill Reid, who gained international recognition for sculptures based on his Canadian Indian heritage, died Friday after a lengthy battle with Parkinson's disease. He was 78.


BEIJING (AP) - A Chinese official denied Saturday there were serious problems in resettling the 1.2 million people who will be displaced by the Three Gorges Dam project.

Vatican City

VATICAN CITY - More than 10 years after it was promised in a meeting with Jewish leaders, a major Vatican document on the Holocaust would be made public Monday.


MOSCOW - Sick with a bad cold, President Boris Yeltsin spent a quiet day at his country home Saturday, gathering strength for several summit meetings over the next two weeks.


ROME - Twenty years after terrorists kidnapped former Premier Aldo Moro and left his bullet-riddled body in the back of a parked car, one question still haunts Italy: Could he have been saved?


LIMA - A battle between soldiers and leftist Shining Path rebels in Peru's highland jungle left 11 dead and six injured, the army said Saturday.


ALGIERS - A top U.S. State Department official met with Algerian leaders Saturday, focusing on the violence and terrorism that has convulsed the country for several years.

Great Britain

LONDON - Three Israeli intelligence agents tried to install a listening device at the London home of a prominent Muslim activist but failed and fled, The Sunday Times reported.


JERUSALEM - Former Defense Minister Ariel Sharon - the architect of Israel's massive invasion into Lebanon - on Saturday joined the ranks of those calling for Israel to withdraw from southern Lebanon.

Saudi Arabia

RIYADH - Saudi Arabia's King Fahd held talks Saturday with Britain's defense secretary in a surprise meeting apparently intended to dispel fears about the monarch's health.