BUENOS AIRES - Croatian World War II concentration camp commander Dinko Sakic could be arrested in the next few days after Croatia formally asked Argentina to extradite him, the Croatian embassy said Tuesday.


BINGOL - Turkey's military has launched its largest operation against Kurdish guerrillas in the southeast, with 39,500 troops searching for 450 rebels, the Anatolia news agency reported.


COPENHAGEN - With gas stations running dry and bread supplies growing thin, unions and employers agreed to talk Wednesday, the third day of a nationwide general strike.


OTTAWA - Canada's Liberal government was expected Tuesday to defeat an opposition motion to expand compensation to hepatitis C victims infected in a tainted blood scandal and avert a crisis that threatened to topple the government.


SAO PAULO - Ten prisoners convicted of kidnapping a Brazilian supermarket mogul in 1989 ended a 16-day hunger strike Tuesday after a judge agreed to review their sentences.


NEW DELHI - A Tibetan activist died of burns Wednesday, two days after he set himself on fire to protest China's rule of his homeland. The Dalai Lama called the suicide a sign of the "frustration and urgency" among independence-seeking Tibetans.


LIMA - Peru paroled a 22-year-old American who tried to smuggle 17 pounds of cocaine out of the country, saying the woman's good be-havior and work in prison merited her release from a six-year sentence.


BEIJING, China - Secretary of State Madeleine Albright cleared the way for Ukraine to receive nearly $100 million in suspended U.S. economic aid.


WASHINGTON, D.C. - A U.S.-led embargo on arms sales to China hasn't stopped the flow of billions of dollars of weapons, says a congressional report that predicts Europe may resume selling military wares to Beijing.

BEIJING - About 10 people have been killed and more than 100 injured in rioting in central China after the government slapped a nationwide ban on all forms of direct selling, officials said on Wednesday.


JERUSALEM - Israel paid some $2 million bail for a Mossad agent caught by Swiss authorities during a bungled spy operation, a Swiss official said.


KRAKOW - With tears and praise for his homeland, Poland's most famous Cold War turncoat, Col. Ryszard Kuklinski urged his compatriots to forgive him for betraying the communist government as a longtime spy for the West.


PRILJEP - Armed separatists appeared Wednesday at a funeral of Kosovo Albanians killed by the Yugoslav army or Serb police. Shots rang out shortly afterward, scattering mourners.


BRUSSELS - Belgian Prime Minister Jean-Luc Dehaene sur-vived a no-confidence vote Tuesday, pledging swift law and order reforms after last week's brief escape of child rapist Marc Dutroux.

Saudi Arabia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A U.S. Navy EA-6B warplane crashed in Saudi Arabia Wednesday, but the four crew members parachuted to safety, the Pentagon said. It was the second crash of a U.S. military jet in the Persian Gulf region this week.