LONDON - Police arrested a former Cabinet minister in an investigation of alleged perjury and obstruction of justice connected to his failed libel suit against a newspaper.


JAKARTA - Indonesian President Suharto said he would give his salary to the poor and live off his soldier's pension, the official Antara news agency reported.


BEIJING - Beijing rejected a call by Tibet's spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, for a dialogue and accused the exiled god-king of seeking to split the Himalayan region from China.


LUSAKA - Zambian President Frederick Chiluba lifted the state of emergency imposed after a failed coup last October, state radio reported. The lifting takes effect immediately, the radio said.


BANGKOK - The United States urged Thailand to crack down on widespread trafficking of illegal human labor and document forgery.


MOSCOW - Mir's Russian commander took over the controls today to manually bring a cargo ship into a smooth embrace with the space station after the autopilot system failed just one minute before the docking.


BOGOTA - Kidnappers who seized two French brothers in eastern Colombia freed one of the men and were demanding a $10 million ransom for the other, police said.


NEW DELHI - A Hindu nationalist party announced that it has agreed with its partners on the rules by which their disparate alliance will govern India.


JERUSALEM - On the sixth anniversary of a devastating bomb attack on the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires, Israel renewed its demand that the perpetrators be brought to justice.


TEHRAN - Seven award-winning Iranian students were killed when a bus returning them from a mathematics competition overturned in southwest Iran, Iranian television said.


ATHENS - Greece will offer cash incentives for the replacement of old cars in an effort to battle air pollution, the semi-official Athens News Agency said Tuesday.

Northern Ireland

BELFAST - Thousands of Catholics marched in a St. Patrick's Day parade to City Hall - a first for the center of this traditionally pro-British Protestant city.

West Bank

HEBRON - Hundreds of mourners, including teenagers with school backpacks, clamored for revenge as they buried a 13-year-old Palestinian boy killed in clashes with Israeli troops.


CAIRO - A fierce sandstorm blew across Egypt, pushing clouds of desert sand through Cairo and driving many people indoors to take shelter behind taped windows and doors.


ANKARA - An appeals court saved former Prime Minister Tansu Ciller from prosecution, upholding a ruling that there was no evidence she knowingly misused a secret government fund.


LIMA - Rescuers in Peru tried to recover about 20 bodies trapped underwater inside vehicles after a swollen river battered down a road bridge, authorities said.