BUDAPEST - The remains of famed conductor Sir Georg Solti, who died at age 84 in Antibes, France, Sept. 5, 1997, were laid to rest Saturday during a private ceremony in his native Hungary.

South Africa

JOHANNESBURG - Thousands of Zulu nationalists, many carrying clubs and shields, marched into central Johannesburg on Saturday to commemorate a similar demonstration that turned violent four years ago.


MEXICO CITY - Tens of thousands of Mexicans marched in cities across the country Saturday calling on the government to end a violent crime wave and punish bands of roving kidnappers and car thieves.

MEXICO CITY - Mexican immigration authorities detained a high-ranking leader of Colombia's largest guerrilla group Saturday after Bolivia expelled him.

MEXICO CITY - A Roman Catholic bishop on Saturday defended the presence of foreigners in the southern state of Chiapas, following a two-month campaign by the government to deport them.


BRASILIA - Brazil is formulating an emergency program to tackle forest fires amid fears the flames ravaging the northern Amazon could soon tear across the rest of the rain forest, according to a published report Saturday.

RIO DE JANEIRO - Every hour, two Rio residents become sick with dengue fever, a debilitating disease carried by mosquitoes, the Brazilian media reported Saturday.

RIO DE JANEIRO - Eleven policemen have been charged in the murder of two land-reform leaders in the Amazon basin state of Para, a television station reported Saturday.


BEIJING - A new film tells the true story of how a spy for Taiwan tried to assassinate Mao Tse-tung just after the founding of the communist state in 1949.


LIMA - Two bus crashes in northern Peru have left 17 people dead and 21 injured, police said Saturday. One bus crashed Saturday on the fog-covered Panamerican Highway near the coastal town of Huarmey, 160 miles northwest of Lima, killing 11 and injuring 15. On Friday, another private bus overturned along the Perene River, 150 miles northeast of Lima, leaving six dead and six injured.


DUBLIN - The Christian Brothers, a Roman Catholic lay order that once played a central role in Ireland's education system, apologized Saturday for abuse inflicted in its schools and institutions.


NASSAU - Food and supplies arrived Saturday for Cuban refugees being held in the Bahamas, and a baseball agent promised to help the detainees - not just top athletes - obtain asylum in other countries.


TOKYO - An executive of an electronic highway sign company was arrested on Saturday as part of a widening bribery scandal at the semi-governmental Japan Highway Public Corp, police said on Sunday.

Great Britain

LONDON - About 10,000 protesters, some openly smoking marijuana, marched in London on Saturday demanding legalization of the drug.


ALGIERS - An opposition party urged the government to end a state of emergency and restore the civil rights of Algerians, a newspaper reported Saturday.