SIEM REAP - Strongman Hun Sen won support from the popular monarch to quell political instability with a three-sided coalition government including opposition parties that accuse him of electoral fraud.


BEIJING - Millions of people kept vigil over sodden Yangtze River embankments, threatened with collapse after weeks of flooding in southern China, and forecasts warned of further heavy rains.


CANBERRA - The nation's trade minister accused the United States of planning to "ambush" its export markets by donating 500,000 tons of wheat to Indonesia.

Northern Ireland

PORTADOWN - Police urged shopkeepers here to search their stores after three suspicious fires broke out just hours after a firebomb was found and defused.


MADRID - A teenager sent an e-mail threatening to blow up his town's library unless officials paid him $170,000. The 15-year-old boy was traced to his e-mail address at a computer science school and arrested after making the threat in the town of Vic. There was no bomb.


JAKARTA - A powerful earthquake shook part of eastern Indonesia early Thursday, 200 miles from the site of a quake that caused a deadly tsunami off the coast of Papua New Guinea a week ago. There were no reports of damage or casualties.


MOSCOW - The head of Boris Yeltsin's commission for rehabilitating victims of political repression has called for the body of Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin to be taken from its Red Square Mausoleum and buried.

Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN - Defeated in their attempt to block the sale of the state-owned telephone company, thousands of telephone employees returned to work.


KAMPALA - A woman working for an American aid agency was stabbed to death in her hotel room here in an apparent robbery, local police said.


ANKARA - Parliament was set to grant a request by weakened Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz for general elections next year, more than 20 months early.


LUANDA - The United Nations said it had uncovered mass graves containing the bodies of 105 people killed in an attack last week in remote Lunda Norte province.


TEHRAN - President Mohammad Khatami, clad in the Iranian "Everyman" garb of grey trousers and a white shirt, donated blood and greeted young children at a Tehran blood clinic.


CAIRO - A German tourist who believed he could escape death after visiting the pyramids died after he jumped off a tower in Cairo, security sources said.


DHAKA - The Red Cross issued a global appeal for $1.7 million in aid for victims of flooding that has so far killed at least 180 people.


JERUSALEM - Public Security Minister Avigdor Kahalani said he supported the idea of freeing some Palestinian prisoners as a confidence-building measure to bolster faltering peace talks.