MANILA - Robbers firing wildly from a roadside killed 10 motorists, including a U.S. Peace Corps worker, in a village in the central Philippines and then escaped, police said Thursday.


TOKYO - The Japanese company at which 10 workers collapsed after drinking poisoned tea and coffee was facing an internal inspection on the day the poisoning took place, the company said Thursday.

Sri Lanka

COLOMBO - Investigators will soon visit northern Sri Lanka to probe a report of mass graves in a region where international rights groups say some 600 people have disappeared, a senior military official said Thursday.


BEIJING - Seven dissidents who had planned a march to protest the jailings of two other activists were detained late Wednesday and early Thursday, a human rights group said.


PHNOM PENH - The number of Cambodians killed or maimed by land mines has fallen to between 100 and 200 per month from up to 500 people a month earlier this decade, largely due to increased awareness of the danger, an official said Thursday.

Saudi Arabia

DUBAI - Arab leaders have sent messages wishing King Fahd well after an operation to remove his gall bladder, Saudi media said Thursday.


CAIRO - Three unidentified gunmen killed three Coptic Christians in an attack in southern Egypt.


NEW DELHI - A speeding train rammed into a bus at a railway crossing in southern India Thursday, killing 17 people and injuring 26, domestic news agencies reported.


LHOKSEUMAWE - Local residents in Indonesia's Aceh province said Thursday they had found two new mass graves believed to contain the bodies of people killed by troops suppressing an armed insurgency in the early 1990s.


MOSCOW - President Boris Yeltsin will appear in public for the first time in a month on Friday when he interrupts his summer holiday to pay a short visit to Novgorod, a former Russian capital in the northwest of the country.


BAGHDAD - Iraq said in remarks published on Thursday that it would sue Turkey if Ankara went ahead with its plans to build dams that would affect the water flow to Iraq and Syria.


MINSK - In the latest attempt to prop up its crumbling economy, the government of Belarus is demanding that McDonald's restaurants in the former Soviet republic stop using imported food and buy Belarusian products.


NABLUS - Two Palestinians have been arrested in connection with the shooting deaths of two Jewish settlers last week.


CANBERRA - Prime Minister John Howard launched a plan Thursday to overhaul Australia's tax system, gambling on it as the centerpiece of his government's strategy for looming national elections.


LA PAZ - Scientists said Wednesday they had found what were thought to be two dinosaur eggs in southern Bolivia in what could be one of the biggest fossil fields in the world.