Mexico

MEXICO CITY - The country's four opposition parties voted to strip the long-ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) of its party colors, arguing the same red, white and green as Mexico's flag gave them an unfair advantage in elections.

Tajikistan

DUSHANBE - Fresh fighting broke out between Tajikistan's Islamic opposition and government forces on the outskirts of the capital.

Philippines

MANILA - A governor on the southern island of Mindanao escaped an ambush attempt, but his four bodyguards were wounded when several armed men opened fire on his pickup truck, police said.

Japan

TOKYO - Police said bolts were removed from tracks on Japan's high-speed bullet train line in an act of apparent sabotage, and stationmasters across the country received letters warning of further incidents.

Spain

MADRID - German Chancellor Helmut Kohl made a round of last-minute calls to European Union leaders on the eve of an historic summit in an effort to resolve a dispute over who will head the European Central Bank.

Denmark

COPENHAGEN - The biggest strike in 13 years entered its fifth day on Friday, and trade union leaders softened their tone amid signs the row could deal a severe blow to the Nordic country's future in Europe.

Thailand

BANGKOK - The foreign ministry asked police to break up a clandestine meeting in Thailand of the Government of Free Vietnam, a non-communist resistance group.

England

LONDON - Tony Blair staged a low-key celebration of his first year in office despite an opinion poll showing him Britain's most popular prime minister since World War II.

Russia

MOSCOW - An oil executive who served as a regional lawmaker was shot to death in an apparent contract killing at a nightclub in western Russia, a news agency reported.

Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR - The government is pushing for a fivefold increase in fines for starting fires in forests or fields - a move meant to cut this nation's chronic, smoky haze.

Peru

LIMA - President Alberto Fujimori has fallen further behind Lima Mayor Alberto Andrade in voter support for the 2000 presidential election, according to a new poll.

South Africa

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa's truth commission said it had ordered two apartheid-era generals to account for a 1993 army raid in which five children were killed.

Switzerland

ZURICH - Swiss Jewish leaders criticized boycott threats against Switzerland and efforts in the United States to persuade Swiss banks to pay a huge global settlement of claims from Holocaust victims.

France

MARSEILLE - French and Spanish police have detained 19 people this week in simultaneous swoops on a network smuggling drugs from South America, police said.

Ireland

DUBLIN - Four-fifths of the nation's police force called in sick Friday in its first ever action to demand better wages.