VANCOUVER - Officials in the British Columbia town of Oliver moved Friday to pull the plug on a meeting Saturday of Canadian ultraright activists, citing a fear of violence.


DAKAR - Senegal's opposition Democratic Party quit President Abdou Diouf's coalition government on Friday, highlighting friction with the ruling Socialists ahead of a May 24 parliamentary election.


OAXACA - Police have captured a suspected guerrilla commander alleged to have led a deadly ambush on police and military targets in September 1996, officials said Friday.


MINSK - Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko fired central bank chief Gennady Aleinikov Friday and blamed the West for the collapse of the country's currency.

South Korea

SEOUL - South Korea's former spy chief, who was being questioned by prosecutors about a pre-election smear campaign of President Kim Dae-jung, attempted suicide Friday, television reported.


JAMMU - Hindu mobs retaliated after a fellow Hindu was beaten to death in an argument with a Muslim, killing five Muslims in northern India, police said Friday.


LONDON - A collection of papers from Winston Churchill, including a complaint about the portrayal of the British in some American films, sold at an auction Friday for $16,745.

LONDON - Britain said it would seek out private contractors for an $11 billion renovation of the London Underground, the world's largest subway system.


ANKARA - Turkey's military warned the prime minister Friday that it will continue fighting Islamic fundamentalism.


HARARE - A furious Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe lashed out at some of his top officials Friday for calling on him to quit, denouncing them as witches and schemers.

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Indonesia's economic crisis has devastated its poultry industry and the nation is expected to run out of chicken this month, posing "extreme stability concerns," the U.S. Agriculture Department said.

South Africa

VRYBURG - Soldiers hunkered down Friday in an armored personnel carrier out-side this farming community's high school, shut down after bloody street battles over the school's integration policies.


JERUSALEM - Israel's first high-profile case against a Russian immigrant with reputed ties to organized crime has ended in a plea bargain, two Israeli TV channels reported Friday.


ABUJA - Nigeria's military regime has rounded up dozens of democracy activists and political opponents, just days before Pope John Paul II is to visit the West African country, Amnesty International said Friday.


HONG KONG - A Chinese activist who was deported to the United States last month for secretly entering China and meeting with other dissidents, was detained Friday in Hong Kong, his supporters said.


PARIS - A week after defeats in local elections, conservatives won control of a majority of France's 26 regional councils Friday - at least some with the help of the extreme-right National Front.