PHNOM PENH - A military commander who is loyal to Cambodia's deposed co-premier Prince Norodom Ranariddh will travel to Phnom Penh on Thursday to discuss a permanent truce with the government and the reintegration of the prince's troops into the army.


BUCHAREST - A cleaning woman working in a remote village hall in northeastern Romania will be brought to court on charges of witchcraft by the mayor, who fired her and confiscated her broom, a leading newspaper said.


JAMMU - Separatist guerrillas shot dead 13 Hindus in three separate incidents in India's strife-torn state of Jammu and Kashmir, police said.


Algeria's Health Minister Yahia Guidoum has signed an executive decree allowing women who have been raped by suspected Moslem rebels to have abortions, an Algerian newspaper said.


MADRID - A Spanish town councilor was killed in an attack blamed on the Basque guerrilla group ETA, and authorities said they had uncovered a possible plot by the rebels to assassinate King Juan Carlos.


SYDNEY - An Australian reporter has been detained by soldiers in southern China after interviewing the master of a ship suspected of being hijacked by pirates, an Australian foreign ministry official said.

PERTH - The Royal Australian Navy showed support for an order by the captain of the fleet's largest naval vessel to close off an area engulfed in flames, sealing the death of four young crew members.


Peace talks between the Sudan government and rebels of the Sudan People's Liberation Army have ended, a Kenyan foreign ministry official said.


MOSCOW - Russian President Boris Yeltsin and Uzbek leader Islam Karimov agreed to join forces with the Tajik leadership to help end violence in Tajikistan.

MOSCOW - Moscow police said they had arrested a gang of five young men suspected of killing at least 11 people and burying their bodies under the concrete floor of their car repair shop.


KIGALI - A former official in the Rwandan prime minister's office has been arrested and charged with genocide crimes, officials said.

Sri Lanka

COLOMBO - Sri Lanka, which has the highest suicide rate in the world, changed the law to decriminalize attempted suicide and thus hopefully save lives.


Tourism in Egypt is recovering from last November's Muslim militant attack in which 58 tourists were killed in Luxor, Tourism Minister Mamdouh al-Beltagi said.


NAPLES - Torrential rains have caused landslides and flooding in southern Italy, killing at least 17 people in two days, officials said.


COPENHAGEN - Denmark's prime minister proposed that workers be given more vacation time in an effort to end the country's crippling, 10-day-old labor strike.

Czech Republic

PRAGUE - Czech President Vaclav Havel returned to his country to continue his recovery from the emergency surgery he underwent during vacation in the Austrian Alps.