South Korea

SEOUL - A South Korean woman enslaved in a Japanese military brothel during World War II refused to accept the government's compensation offer. Lee Yong-soo, 71, said she could not accept the money unless South Korea recovers it from the Japanese government.

Northern Ireland

BELFAST - A former official in the IRA-allied Sinn Fein party was uninjured in a pipe-bomb attack on his home.

Belgium

BRUSSELS - The ban on worldwide exports of British beef stays, the European Court of Justice ruled, rejecting Britain's attempt to have the ban declared illegal.

Pakistan

ISLAMABAD - Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan, a top Pakistani scientist, said he did not offer Iraq plans to make nuclear weapons and called such allegations "totally false, unfounded and baseless."

Indonesia

MEDAN - Thousands of rioters burned cars and looted stores in this Indonesian city Tuesday, and police battled rock-throwing students in the capital as sharp increases in the cost of fuel and transport kicked in.

Argentina

BUENOS AIRES - Five deputies from the ruling Peronist Party presented a bill in congress that would change the constitution so President Carlos Menem can run for a third term in 1999.

Denmark

COPENHAGEN - Trade unions were planning demonstrations to demand more holidays as a widespread strike in Denmark enters its ninth day.

Turkey

ANKARA - The nation's opposition power broker played down a dispute with Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz over early elections that has threatened the shaky minority government.

Taiwan

TAIPEI - The government said bluntly its annual military drills were designed to thwart invasion by "communist forces" - a potentially provocative statement ahead of a planned U.S.-China summit in Beijing.

Austria

VIENNA - Chancellor Viktor Klima, marking a new annual commemoration day for the victims of the Holocaust, said his country must never forget its involvement in Nazi barbarism.

Russia

MOSCOW - President Boris Yeltsin will visit Bonn on June 8 and 9 for a regular summit meeting with German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, the Kremlin said.

Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR - U.S. ambassador to Malaysia John Malott said he would not tolerate another violent entry into his embassy by asylum seekers after eight Indonesians broke in last month and fought with embassy staff.

Mexico

MEXICO CITY - A forest fire in the mountains of southern Puebla state has killed 14 people and hurt 11.

China

BEIJING - A passenger bus plunged off a bridge into the Yellow River in central China, killing 22 people and injuring 30, the state-run newspaper Legal Daily said.

BEIJING - A fire sparked by an explosion in a ping-pong factory whose doors had been locked to prevent workers from slacking off killed nine people, a newspaper reported.

Georgia

TBILISI - President Eduard Shevardnadze's security has been increased after his office received reports of new plans to assassinate him.