Czech Republic

PRAGUE - President Vaclav Havel underwent minor surgery Monday to close a small opening in his trachea, the Czech news agency CTK reported.


SARNO - The death toll from last week's devastating mudslides in southern Italy rose to 124 on Monday as rescuers searched desperately for more survivors.

TRAPANI, Sicily - An oil tanker rescued 20 suspected illegal immigrants on Monday as they were trying to swim to an island off Sicily, coast guards said.

Dominican Republic

SANTO DOMINGO - Jose Francisco Pena Gomez, an advocate for the poor whose oratory incited an uprising that led to a U.S. invasion of the Do-min-ican Republic, has died after battling cancer. He was 61.


TEL AVIV - An Iranian-born general has been chosen to head the powerful Israeli army after a week of discord.

JERUSALEM - Croatian Foreign Minister Mate Granic visited Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial on Monday and said he expected alleged Nazi war criminal Dinko Sakic to be extradited to Croatia from Argentina within two weeks.


BEIJING - A bus speeding in heavy rain collided with a 12-ton truck and overturned in southern Guangdong province, killing 21 people and seriously injuring 14, state-run television reported Monday.

BEIJING - Chinese police on Monday were investigating a weekend car blast in Wuhan that killed the driver and raised tensions in the industrial city after a similar deadly explosion in February.


SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS - As five Canadian lawmakers wrapped up a probe into treatment of poor Indians in southern Mexico, Italian observers conducting a similar investigation were leaving after the government ordered them out.


BUDAPEST - Hungary's ruling Socialists topped 11 rivals in parliamentary elections but must survive a runoff to carry on economic policies that have won Prime Minister Gyula Horn praise from the West.


BELGRADE - Yugoslav Prime Minister Radoje Kontic said on Monday new Western sanctions against his country were disappointing, unjustified and counterproductive.


VILNIUS - A Holocaust survivor has ruled out that accused Lithuanian war criminal Aleksandras Lileikis was a murderer, the newspaper Lietuvos rytas said on Monday.


LAGOS, May 11 (Reuters) - Turnout at Nigeria's April parliamentary elections, which were boycotted by the opposition, stood at 37 percent of registered voters, the semi-official Daily Times newspaper said on Monday.


SIDON - A Palestinian man was shot dead in Ain al-Hilweh camp in south Lebanon Sunday night and another died in later clashes, a security source said on Monday.

North Korea

SEOUL - North Korea welcomed a food and fertilizer aid package from the European Union, North Korea's official news agency said on Monday.


KOMPONG TRALACH - Cambodian leader Hun Sen on Monday urged voters to register for the July 26 general election and said he would cancel public engagements for four weeks to ease the process.