MEXICO CITY - Mexican officials said Friday they had cleared a man who had been suspected of having ties to the late drug lord Amado Carrillo Fuentes.

OAXACA - At least four homes were burned on Friday in the latest clash in a land dispute between two Indian groups in the southern state of Oaxaca, news reports said.


NEW DELHI - India is developing a spy satellite, the air force chief said Friday, days after Pakistan said it had launched a ballistic missile.

NEW DELHI - An outlaw wanted in the killings of hundreds of elephants offered again to surrender Friday after three of his gang members quit, local news reports said.


SANTIAGO - Members of Chile's ruling coalition complained of disunity Friday after the lower house of Congress rejected an attempt to formally censure former dictator Augusto Pinochet.


LOME - Togolese President Gnassingbe Eyadema, black Africa's longest-serving head of state, will seek a fresh term of office in a presidential election on June 7, his prime minister said Friday.

Central African Republic

BANGUI - Hefting rucksacks and suitcases, 300 French soldiers flew out of the Central African Republic on Friday, signaling the end of France's two-decade military presence in the volatile former colony.


PRISTINA - About 20,000 ethnic Albanians sat down on the main street of this capital of Kosovo province Friday in a peaceful protest calling for independence from Serbia.


BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN - Thick smoke from forest fires shrouded Brunei with critical air pollution levels Friday, forcing people to don surgical masks and the airport to cancel some flights.


BAGHDAD - A U.S. church leader, the Rev. Rodney Page of the National Council of Churches, called Friday for an end to U.N. trade sanctions against Iraq, saying they were only hurting civilians while leaving government officials untouched.


KAMPALA - Anti-government rebels in a remote section of Uganda killed 13 people, wounded nine and abducted at least 30 others in two attacks along the Congolese border, a state-run newspaper reported Friday.


PARIS - France's highest court banned two unions Friday, one in the police force and another in the prison service, which it said promote the far-right, anti-immigrant National Front party.


SARAJEVO - More than 130 Bosnian Serbs returned to their homes in the Bosnian Croat-controlled city of Drvar after Croatian soldiers moved out of 150 houses they had used as barracks.


YEREVAN - A former finance minister, 33-year-old Armen Darbinian, was appointed Friday as Armenia's new prime minister.


TEHRAN - A strong earthquake jolted a remote region of eastern Iran on Friday, killing 10 people and injuring at least 12 others.


BUENOS AIRES - The man who presided over Croatia's largest World War II concentration camp remained in hiding for a fourth day Friday amid demands for his capture and trial.