TBILISI - A Polish woman working for the United Nations was shot to death at the entrance of her apartment in the capital, officials said.


PARIS - Syrian President Hafez Assad arrived here for a rare Western visit that could mean a higher profile for Europe in the Middle East peace process, and for Syria on the world stage.


LAGOS - A day after the government ordered the release of hundreds of inmates, a human rights group demanded freedom for more than 400 other political prisoners.


MARJAYOUN - Israeli warplanes fired missiles at suspected guerrilla hideouts in south Lebanon hours after guerrillas killed an Israeli-allied militiaman, Lebanese security officials said.


MADRID - Police sealed the offices of a newspaper linked to Basque separatists and arrested 11 people in a probe of fund-raising activities of the armed ETA movement.

Ivory Coast

ABIDJAN - This African country, which has one of the highest birthrates in the world, will conduct a population census in November for the first time in 10 years.


BEIJING - Mistakes by the crew of a ferry on the Yangtze River likely caused the ship to capsize Sunday, killing at least 14 people, the official Xinhua news agency said.


NEW DELHI - The government reacted coolly to the U.S. Senate's decision to back a measure giving President Clinton power to waive most sanctions imposed on New Delhi and Islamabad for conducting nuclear tests.


AMSTERDAM - Dutch police were investigating allegations that an international child pornography ring exploited toddlers as young as two and distributed their images worldwide via the Internet.


TIRANA - The government drafted a package of measures to recover the many weapons looted during civil unrest across the country last year, a senior official said.


HANOI - A senior member of the ruling communist party said corruption was not helpful for the economy and would cause the party to lose the trust of the people.


MANILA - Newly installed President Joseph Estrada, fast gaining a reputation for his unconventional ways, told his chauffeur to take a back seat and drove himself to work, the presidential palace said.

Sri Lanka

COLOMBO - Police said they found three Tamil rebel "suicide kits" hidden in a Colombo grocery shop, underlining security concerns prior to a crucial regional summit in the capital later this month.


ALGIERS - Muslim rebels cut the throats of 13 people and wounded two others overnight at a village in the province of Tiaret, 130 miles southwest of Algiers, government security forces said.


PHNOM PENH - Authorities appealed for calm as Cambodians thronged shops to stock up on supplies amid rumors of impending election violence.


BAGHDAD - President Saddam Hussein will address the nation on television to mark the anniversary of the July 17, 1968, revolution that brought him to power.