KHARTOUM - Sudan announced a unilateral cease-fire throughout southern Sudan, where war has caused a worsening famine. The government urged rebels to follow suit.


NEW DELHI - Kashmiri guerrillas killed 34 sleeping construction workers in two pre-dawn attacks along a remote mountain road, police said.


MOSCOW - Alfred Schnittke, 63, one of Russia's greatest postwar composers, whose work ranged from film scores to opera, has died in Germany, the Moscow branch of the composers' union said.


BAGHDAD - The Iraqi authorities have arrested the gunmen who shot and wounded President Saddam Hussein's eldest son Uday more than 18 months ago, the Iraqi News Agency reported.


LASSING - Hopes of rescuing 10 men missing for over two weeks in a caved-in Austrian mine were all but dashed when no one was found in an air pocket where the victims were thought to be.

GRAZ - Aurelia Schwarzenegger, mother of action star Arnold Schwarzenegger, is dead at 76, the Austrian Press Agency reported. Aurelia Schwarzenegger was visiting the grave of her husband in nearby Weiz when she collapsed, the agency said.


KIGALI - Rwandan rebels wielding clubs and machetes slaughtered more than 100 people over the weekend in an attack in the country's troubled north, a defense ministry official said.


SYDNEY - Millions of Sydney residents continued to boil tap-water for drinking, cooking and washing due to parasite contamination of the city's water supplies.

Papua New Guinea

CANBERRA, Australia - Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Bill Skate said the death toll from three tsunamis that struck the country's coast last month stood at more than 2,100 and searchers were still hunting for bodies.


JERUSALEM - Britain denied allegations by Israel's official anti-Semitism monitoring group of a marked rise in attacks on British Jews.


LAGOS - Leaders of the Yoruba, one of Nigeria's three biggest tribes, met in the southwest city of Ibadan to discuss a democracy plan set out by military ruler Gen. Abdulsalam Abubakar.


ALGIERS - A U.N. team met Algerian President Liamine Zeroual as local reports said at least 12 people's throats were cut in an ambush in the west of the country.


BANGKOK - Thieves have made off with more than 100 manhole covers from the streets of Bangkok during the past six months, selling them for scrap metal, local newspapers reported.

Sri Lanka

COLOMBO - Sri Lankan police, claiming to have thwarted a plan for terrorist attacks on the capital, arrested 50 suspected Tamil rebels in citywide raids last week, a state-run newspaper reported.

Czech Republic

PRAGUE - Czech President Vaclav Havel underwent a tracheotomy to fix a lung problem that developed after he was taken off a respirator.


PHNOM PENH - Responding to complaints of voting irregularities, Cambodia's election commission agreed to recount some votes cast in parliamentary elections.