NEW DELHI - The government accused Pakistan of firing across the border to cover movement of militants into Kashmir, a disputed region where tensions have risen since India resumed nuclear testing.


BELGRADE - An Air Bosnia jet from Sarajevo landed in Belgrade Thursday on the first commercial passenger flight between the Bosnian and Yugoslav capitals in six years. A Yak 42 plane brought a high-level Bosnian delegation and journalists to met by Yugoslav officials.


BEIJING - Weather, heavy pollution and crowded sea lanes helped cause a record number of ocean-related disasters in China in 1997, the state-run Xinhua News Agency reported. Sea accidents and other disasters killed more than 200 people and caused economic losses amounting to more than $3.5 billion, an official was quoted as saying.

BEIJING - Police interrogated dissident Qin Yongmin who set up a human rights monitoring group and confiscated his fax machine, articles and telephone books, a Hong Kong-based human rights group reported.


BANGKOK - Warding off vendors trying to sell carbonated soft drinks, ice cream and potato chips, the Wat Thong Nai elementary school has managed to create a "junk food-free zone."


PHNOM PENH - The government rejected truce talks with a team of military officials under deposed co-premier Prince Norodom Ranariddh saying members of the prince's team were not qual-ified.


JERUSALEM - Israeli troops killed a guerrilla and wounded several others in Israeli-occupied south Lebanon overnight, the army said.

Sri Lanka

COLOMBO - Naval gunboats destroyed and sank five Tamil Tiger rebel boats in a sea battle off eastern Trincomalee, navy officials said.

New Zealand

WELLINGTON - The nation has the two main ingredients for internal conflict - a culture under threat and wealth divided along racial lines, Maori Affairs Minister Tau Henare said.


CARACAS - The government pledged to punish money launderers after five prominent citizens, including the sister of a former government minister, were indicted in a U.S. drug probe.


GUATEMALA CITY - Ash and sand spewed more than 6,000 feet into the air from the Pacaya volcano, showering nearby Guatemala City with a rain of gray grit for hours.


MAKHACHKALA - A lawmaker's armed supporters stormed a government building in southern Russia after earlier clashes with security forces left at least one person dead. The exact cause of the fighting in Dagestan, a republic bordering the breakaway region of Chechnya, was not clear. But it appeared linked to longstanding political and ethnic tensions.

MOSCOW - The Foreign Ministry said it was trying to win the freedom of Aeroflot's representative to Angola, who was arrested in the African nation last month.


BAGHDAD - Iraqi children continue to suffer from malnutrition despite the U.N. distribution of 5.6 million tons of food in an oil-for-food deal over the past 14 months, a U.N. official said.