PRISTINA - Fleeing some of the worst fighting in weeks, thousands of ethnic Albanians have jammed the rebel-held village Malisevo in central Kosovo, severely straining food and medical supplies.


LONDON - Gay campaigners jeered and shouted abuse at members of the House of Lords after Britain's upper chamber voted against lowering the age of consent for homosexuals from 18 to 16.


TEHRAN - An Iranian court sentenced Tehran's mayor to five years in jail, 60 lashes and a large fine on charges of graft in a trial that has highlighted tensions between conservatives and moderates. The lashing of Gholamhossein Karbaschi was suspended for four years and he was fined one billion rials ($333,333).


DHAKA - Catastrophic floods have spread to the north of the country and people marooned in remote villages are faced with starvation, officials said.

Czech Republic

PRAGUE - President Vaclav Havel was hospitalized for medical tests, three days before surgery to remove a tube from his colon. Surgeons had removed 35 centimeters of the president's colon and inserted an artificial duct in an emergency operation.


THE HAGUE - An internal investigation has found staff at the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal were not to blame in the suicide of Serb suspect Slavko Dokmanovic who hanged himself in his cell last month.


JAKARTA - The ruling Golkar party has decided to fire seven of former President Suharto's relatives from the nation's top legislative body, local newspapers reported.

South Korea

SEOUL - A militant labor group suspended plans to call a nationwide strike, reporting "significant progress" in talks with the government to limit rising layoffs.


ANTANANARIVO - President Didier Ratsiraka named Tantely Andrianarivo as prime minister to replace Pascal Rakotomavo, a presidential statement said.


India will launch its first nuclear-powered submarine within the next eight to nine years, Jane's Defense Weekly said.


BEIJING - Devastating rains that have pounded much of the nation this summer have swept across the normally arid northwestern province of Shaanxi, killing 113 people and leaving 90,000 homeless, local officials said.


PARIS - The Socialist-led government said it was biting the privatization bullet, floating its Aerospatiale group in a bid to create a European defense colossus.


DIYARBAKIR - One person died of sunstroke as searing temperatures scorched Turkey's southeast region, Anatolian news agency reported.


HAVANA - President Fidel Castro condemned a U.S. media report that he had been treated for a potentially fatal brain disease as a deliberately planted "huge lie."


HANOI - After cooling his heels for a week, European pilot Michel Gordillo has been cleared to leave Vietnam and resume flying his kit-built aircraft from Spain to the United States.