VANCOUVER - Princess Cruise Lines canceled an Alaskan voyage of the Regal Princess after viral outbreaks sickened hundreds of passengers during three successive cruises.

MONTREAL - Members of a Presbyterian congregation near Montreal have voted to keep their homosexual minister despite a threat of expulsion by the denomination's national leadership.

HALIFAX - Three Canadians spent a harrowing day at sea as their disabled sailboat was tossed about by 16-foot waves before they were rescued off Nova Scotia.


NICOSIA - Cypriot officials rescued 115 people from a ship that had been adrift for days in the eastern Mediterranean. Two passengers reportedly died of thirst and were thrown overboard.


MEXICO CITY - Vicente Fox, an announced contender for presidential elections in 2000, said Mexicans should convert losses from the 1994 peso crash into a protest vote against the long-ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI).


BOGOTA - One of Colombia's top Marxist rebel groups said it had agreed to hold talks next month that could pry open the door to a peaceful settlement of its long-running war against the state.


LONDON - A majority of Britons oppose replacing the pound with the planned European single currency, according to an opinion poll published by the top-selling Sun tabloid.

South Korea

SEOUL - South Korean President Kim Dae-jung said a North Korean submarine captured last week in southern waters violated the armistice that stopped fighting in the 1950-53 Korean War.


PHNOM PENH - An activist in ousted co-premier Prince Norodom Ranariddh's royalist FUNCINPEC party was found dead after apparently being tortured, a party official said.

United Arab Emirates

DUBAI - An appeals court in the UAE emirate of Dubai has sentenced an Iranian man to die for drug dealing, local newspapers said.


MARJAYOUN - A roadside bomb planted by Lebanon's Shiite Muslim Hezbollah group killed two Israeli-backed militiamen in south Lebanon, a pro-Israeli militia source said.


BRISBANE - An 81-year-old woman who was gardening has died after being bitten by a snake. She collapsed and it took her nearly two hours to reach a telephone and call her daughter.


BEIJING - Hoping to prevent angry farmers from avenging the deaths of their cattle, authorities in northern China paid $120 each for four cows killed by a rare Siberian tiger, the official newspaper China Daily reported.


JERUSALEM - In a tightly guarded hearing, an Israeli court has ordered the release of a Lebanese civilian detained in Israel without trial for more than 10 years.


DILI - Security officers shot and killed one protester and wounded four others near a cathedral in East Timor as European Union diplomats met with a Roman Catholic bishop.


MOSCOW - Russian President Boris Yeltsin agreed to visit Poland next December in a new effort to improve relations scarred by years of mistrust.