NEW DELHI - U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott wrapped up a third round of talks with India over what Washington sees as New Delhi's risky nuclear policy. Both sides say they are making slow progress and will meet again next month in Washington.


SKOPJE - Three strong explosions - nearly simultaneous - shook the Macedonian capital and two locations near the Yugoslav border early, causing substantial damage but no injuries, Macedonian radio reported.


LONDON - A former prostitute who deceived authorities about her past when applying for a job as a child-care provider has been sentenced to life in prison for murdering a 5-month-old boy.


CAIRO - Two doctors have been charged with illegally circumcising three young girls, one of whom died during the operation from an antibiotic allergy.


TOKYO - A wild monkey that attacked pets and threatened schoolchildren in the suburbs of Osaka for several days has likely returned to its natural habitat in nearby mountains, police said.


MOSCOW - Workers in the closed nuclear city of Sarov are planning a one-day protest strike, officials said.


FRANKFURT - Police said they had detained a man after finding a hoard of human bones and more than 100 urns in a Frankfurt apartment building.


TEHRAN - A senior Iranian military official accused Iraq of dragging its feet in resolving the issue of the prisoners captured during the 1980-88 war between the two countries.


JAKARTA - The country's food minister said he was misquoted by a newspaper that reported him as saying looting by people destitute because of the economic crisis was at a tolerable level.


BRATISLAVA - At least 16 people, most of them feared to be children, died in floods in eastern Slovakia, and the death toll is likely to rise, the interior ministry said.


TAIPEI - The country has expelled three Japanese police officers on suspicion of gathering information about a protest at sea by Taiwan activists over disputed islands, police said.

New Zealand

AUCKLAND - A power company did not take adequate measures to prevent a five-week blackout in Auckland and was using substandard electric cables, a government inquiry found.


SAN`A - Armed tribesmen opened fire on a convoy carrying Yemen's interior minister and other high-ranking officials, injuring one official. Six security guards were wounded in an ensuing gun battle.


WARSAW - The transport ministry will ban heavy trucks from daytime travel on roads in southern Poland to prevent them tearing up roads softened by a heat wave, the Polish news agency PAP said.


BRASILIA - South African President Nelson Mandela began his official visit by meeting with President Fernando Henrique Cardoso and pledging to boost diplomatic ties.