TEHRAN - All 60 residents of a remote Iranian village were feared dead Saturday after torrential rain set off a landslide that swept over the town.


CAIRO - Seventeen Egyptian fishermen were feared dead after their boat sank in a storm off Libya, the fishermen's union said Saturday.


LAGOS - Army divers scoured Nigeria's southeastern coastline Saturday, searching for 280 people missing from a passenger boat that capsized in rough waters.


ISLAMABAD - A Pakistani court on Saturday sentenced two men to hang for the murder of five Iranian air force technicians and their Pakistani driver in September.


HAVANA - Cuba and Uganda signed a health cooperation agreement Saturday that foresees Cuban support for primary health care and a tropical disease clinic in the East African state.


JAKARTA - In an effort to shore up its wobbly financial sector, Indonesia closed seven debt-ridden private banks on Saturday and placed another seven under the management of an independent restructuring agency.


JERUSALEM - Police said they wounded around 15 Israeli Bedouins on Saturday in northern Israel after residents tried to rebuild three homes destroyed by authorities earlier in the week.


BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN - Acknowledging that forest fires on Borneo island are too vast to extinguish, Southeast Asian environment chiefs called Saturday for quick action to stop their spread.


KIEV - A Ukrainian priest says he was excommunicated by the Russian Orthodox Church after he introduced microphones and computers into his church, Ukrainian television reported Saturday.


BEIJING - Shen Liangqing, one of China's few active dissidents, has been sentenced to two years in a labor camp, just months before a visit by President Clinton, a human rights group said Saturday.


NICOSIA - U.S. envoy Richard Holbrooke reported no progress Saturday in separate talks with Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders aimed at defusing tensions on the divided Mediterranean island.


ANKARA - Police arrested seven members of a radical Islamic sect and closed two unlicensed Koran courses Saturday, continuing measures urged by Turkey's powerful military to keep the country secular.


RIGA - A monument to victims of the Holocaust has been defaced in the Latvian port town of Liepaja days after a synagogue was bombed in the capital, the interior ministry said Saturday.


SAO PAULO - Brazilian police said they found an Argentine judge who disappeared in December after being impeached for corruption hiding in a luxury hotel in Rio de Janeiro Saturday.


LONDON - James Hewitt, Princess Diana's former boyfriend, says he will go to court if necessary to get back her letters, which were allegedly stolen from his home.