KABUL - A Boeing 727 passenger jet crashed about 20 miles south of the Afghan capital Thursday, killing all 22 people on board, Afghan officials said.


TEHRAN - A strong earthquake jolted a southeastern Iranian town Thursday, less than a week after a quake in the same town killed five people and left 10,000 homeless, Iranian radio reported.


LAGOS - Gunmen killed at least 31 mourners on their way to bury a dead relative in Nigeria's volatile Niger River delta region, local newspapers said Thursday.


YEREVAN - Prime Minister Robert Kocharyan and his main rival Karen Demirchyan will vie for the Armenian presidency in a runoff vote on March 30, the country's election commission said Thursday.


HANOI - Vietnam on Thursday praised a U.S. decision to honor two American Vietnam War veterans for risking their lives to halt the carnage at My Lai, one of the most notorious incidents of the war.


ALGIERS - A bomb wounded at least 11 people overnight in an apartment building in western Algeria, security forces said.


MADRID - Spain said Thursday the paramilitary Civil Guard had broken up a key cell of the Basque separatist group ETA that is suspected of a string of attacks on ruling party politicians.


TOKYO - Asian nations meeting at an international conference Thursday are seeking agreement to begin monitoring acid rain in the region.

TOKYO - A senior Finance Ministry official was among four people arrested on charges of buying or selling amphetamines, police said Thursday.


MOSCOW - President Boris Yeltsin was still suffering from a cough and a hoarse voice Thursday, but doctors said his illness was easing.


BORDEAUX - Maurice Papon briefly stormed out of court Thursday when the chief prosecutor accused him of lying during his war crimes trial. He returned, apologizing, about 10 minutes later.


NECKARWESTHEIM - Anti-nuclear protesters determined to prevent a planned transport of spent nuclear fuel Thursday blocked the entrance to a nuclear power plant and tunneled under a nearby roadway.

South Africa

VRYBURG - Police fired tear gas Thursday at about 2,500 black demonstrators marching toward a high school where racial violence has flared in recent weeks.


SYDNEY - Nearly 3,000 migrants launched a class action against the Australian government on Thursday claiming racial discrimination over new visa regulations.


RABAT - A team of Americans trying to promote dialogue between Islam and Judaism on Thursday cited Morocco, home to the largest number of Jews in the Arab world, as a model to be followed.


PHNOM PENH - The Cambodian parliament on Thursday adopted a law establishing a Constitutional Council, the supreme body for interpreting the charter and legislation passed by the National Assembly.