KIEV - The elections themselves went smoothly enough, but a contentious and sometimes violent election campaign pointed out serious flaws in Ukraine's young democracy, two European groups said.


MOSCOW - Two Russian cosmonauts will make a second attempt at a spacewalk from the Mir space station on Wednesday - and officials say the April Fool's Day exercise is no laughing matter.


HANOI - Vietnam has counted 27.7 million deaths in a war this year against one of the country's biggest enemies - rats.


TOKYO - A popular cartoon that was canceled after causing convulsions in hundreds of children will return to Japan's TV lineup soon.


LONDON - A chartered plane carrying a British soccer team crash-landed early Tuesday after its right engine caught fire shortly after takeoff. Two people suffered minor injuries.

LONDON - Britain eliminated the Royal Air Force's nuclear arsenal, decommissioning hundreds of tactical nuclear bombs designed for a European war.


JERUSALEM - An American Jewish woman age 102 has taken the plunge and immigrated to Israel, the Jerusalem Post newspaper reported on Tuesday.


KARACHI - At least two people were killed and 20 wounded in two explosions in the Pakistani port of Karachi on Tuesday, police said.


HONG KONG - Southern China's Guangzhou city will make coffins from paper instead of wood to save timber, a Hong Kong newspaper said on Tuesday.


KHAO PRAVIHARN, Thailand - The Cambodian flag fluttered over the ancient Preah Vihear temple on Tuesday for the first time in years after Khmer Rouge guerrillas defected to the government side.


PARIS - One thousand elite troops, backed by artillery and helicopters, were rolling over rebel holdouts in a continuing operation in western Algeria, an Algerian newspaper said on Tuesday.


ANKARA - Left-wing inmates at Turkish jails took 15 prison guards hostage and set fire to their cells on Tuesday in nationwide protests over jail transfers, officials said.


GUWAHATI - Suspected separatists shot dead a provincial government minister and his brother in the northeast Indian state of Tripura on Tuesday, police said.

NEW DELHI - One person was killed and eight were injured in northern India on Tuesday when a bomb exploded on a passenger train, Press Trust of India said.


KUALA LUMPUR - Three Indonesian immigrants who broke into a U.N. refugee agency compound in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday accused Malaysia of giving them poison and Indonesia of killing their comrades.


BUENOS AIRES - Singer Meredith Brooks was driven off the stage in Argentina late Monday by a restless audience, which threw bottles, batteries and coins as it chanted for the night's main act, the Rolling Stones.