Japan

TOKYO - Two Japanese anti-war activists have been denied entry to the United States and Canada because they are suspected of war crimes, a lecture tour organizer said. Yoshio Shinozuka and Shiro Azuma, both veterans of World War II, had planned to give talks on atrocities committed by Japan during its conquest of China.

Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR - The government deported 438 illegal Indonesian workers in two crammed ferries that sailed from the southern port of Malacca, the national news agency Bernama reported. The 320 men, 97 women and 21 children were rounded up in a nationwide crackdown on illegal workers.

Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA - Ethiopian and Eritrean forces exchanged artillery fire early, ending a 12-day lull in fighting over disputed territory, Ethiopia said.

Mexico

MEXICO CITY - Wind swirling in from Hurricane Blas has forced the closure of the popular Mexican ports of Acapulco and Zihuatanejo even though the season's first Pacific hurricane remained well off shore.

MEXICO CITY - Traffic police foiled a kidnapping attempt on the 6-year-old daughter of Mexican pop singer Alejandra Guzman, according to authorities.

Egypt

CAIRO - Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, the founder of the radical Palestinian Hamas movement, left a military hospital in Cairo for Gaza, security sources said.

Indonesia

JAKARTA - East Timor Nobel laureate Bishop Carlos Belo met Indonesian President B.J. Habibie and said talks focused on improving the daily lives of East Timorese rather than the territory's political status.

JAKARTA - A group of 33 Indonesian lawyers filed a suit against former president Suharto, accusing him of violating civil law by installing B.J. Habibie in his place.

Togo

LOME - President Gnassingbe Eyadema, sub-Saharan Africa's longest-serving head of state, has won a fresh and final five-year term, his interior and security minister said.

England

LONDON - The Conservative Party is so strapped for cash that its new chief executive has ordered a clampdown on most non-routine spending.

Iraq

BAGHDAD - Iraq and Iran have agreed to seek a speedy resolution to the case of thousands of prisoners and people missing in action from their 1980-88 war.

Greece

ATHENS - A leftist urban guerrilla group claimed re-spon-si-bility for a powerful bomb blast this week that damaged an Athens branch office of the private Alpha Credit Bank without causing injuries.

West Bank

RAMALLAH - Palestinian President Yasser Arafat has accepted the resignation of his cabinet and will name new ministers within the next two weeks, a senior Palestinian official said.

Germany

BONN - The Free Democrats will try to improve election strategy at a weekend par-ty congress by glossing over dissidents who are calling for the liberals to rethink their loyalty to Chancellor Helmut Kohl.

Russia

MOSCOW - The launch of six satellites, including five foreign-made probes, has been delayed for the second time in two days due to a booster malfunction, a military space forces spokesman said.