JAKARTA - Indonesia said it was sending a team of more than 1,000 firefighters to battle prolonged forest blazes in East Kalimantan on Borneo island.


KOFARNIKHON - Police in Tajikistan fought an intensive gun battle with unidentified armed men who killed at least five policemen and a civilian in a town outside the capital.


Two navigation aids that could have helped a Boeing 747 land safely on Guam were not in operation when a Korean Air Lines jetliner slammed into a hillside last year, a U.S. report released Monday said.


GENEVA - A judge said she had indicted a Swiss-Canadian mountain guide for suspected fraud over a 240,000 Swiss franc ($160,000) fee for helping a private banker and a radio executive to scale Mount Everest last year.


NAIROBI - Students from the University of Nairobi streamed away from their halls of residence on Tuesday after the university's closure following a day of rioting on Monday.


KARACHI - A Pakistani ethnic party called for a general strike in the port city of Karachi to protest against the killings of its workers it blames on rivals.


KIEV - The mayor of a Ukrainian city was badly injured when his car was attacked by gunmen, Interfax-Ukraine news agency said.


KAMPALA - Four Chinese construction workers and three Ugandans were shot dead in the Ugandan capital Kampala by a rogue policeman who later shot himself, police said.


BISHKEK - Kyrgyzstan's 63-year-old Prime Minister Apas Dzhumagulov resigned Tuesday, saying that reforms in his Central Asian state would demand stronger stamina than he has.


MEXICO CITY - The publisher of a northern Mexican newspaper has been arrested on charges of violating election laws by publishing an opinion poll too close to elections.


BEIJING - A dam constructed poorly and without permission collapsed in central China, releasing a torrent of water that killed seven people and swept away three houses, an official newspaper said.

BEIJING - Major floods exacerbated by El Nino are likely to hit south China this summer, following a winter with up to four times more rain than normal, the official state-run Xinhua News Agency said.


MACAU - A gunman killed a senior government official outside a hotel in the latest slaying linked to gang warfare over gambling in this Portuguese enclave.


JERUSALEM - After grateful Palestinians received him like a savior, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan faced possibly the toughest challenge of his Middle East mission Tuesday - persuading Israel to show greater flexibility to revive moribund peace talks.


NEW DELHI - Despite shouts of protest from opposition lawmakers, India's parliament elected its first speaker to belong to the lowest Hindu class, once known as "untouchables."