ST. JOHN'S - A year after a deadly volcano eruption that ravaged Montserrat, the government said it may allow people to return to an area that had been declared uninhabitable.


GUADALAJARA - The Mexican government will not review its troop presence in the troubled state of Chiapas unless it can reach an agreement with Zapatista Indian rebels that involves concessions on both sides, a minister said Friday.


KINSHASA - Car thieves shot the wife of a senior European diplomat in Kinshasa. Helga Krebs, whose German husband Joachem has just finished a four-year tour as European Union ambassador, was wounded in the left leg.


LONDON - A legal market should be created for people to buy and sell nonvital organs for transplant, a team of physicians and ethicists says.


MANILA - Hundreds of Philippine Airlines pilots arrived in uniform Friday to return to work after a three-week strike, but managers refused to give them their old jobs back.


RIO DE JANEIRO - Rio de Janeiro state has ended police bravery bonuses that rights groups blamed for a dramatic rise in police slayings of civilians, officials said Friday.


BOGOTA - Suspected leftist guerrillas killed five members of a single family in a conflict-torn area of northern Colombia, police said.

United Nations

UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. General Assembly on Friday called on Israel to pay $2.4 million for damage from its shelling of a U.N. base in southern Lebanon. About 100 Lebanese civilians were killed in the shelling of the U.N. base at Qana on April 18, 1996.


ADDIS ABABA - Democratic Republic of the Congo President Laurent Kabila visited Ethiopia on Friday to promote a peaceful settlement to its border dispute with Eritrea, Ethiopian state radio reported.


BOMBAY - With Russian help, India plans to build its first nuclear-powered submarine by 2004 and eventually fit it with missiles carrying nuclear warheads, an Indian researcher said Friday.


BAGHDAD - A top Iraqi official said Friday that his country will keep cooperating with U.N. weapons inspectors, despite growing tension over a report that Iraq topped missile warheads with nerve gas.


WARSAW - Poland's former police chief was found shot to death outside his Warsaw apartment, a killing some past and former government figures suggested Friday was linked to the country's burgeoning organized crime.


MOSCOW - Four more people died Friday from injuries suffered when a concrete balcony collapsed a day earlier at a wrestling meet in southern Russia, bringing the death toll to 26.


LOME - Security forces burned the offices of Togo's main opposition leader and attacked one of his aides, witnesses said, while activists demanded the president's ouster after his disputed re-election.


BANGKOK - Police scuffled with supporters of Myanmar's pro-democracy leader outside her home, catching the activist in the middle of the melee, diplomats and dissidents said.