JAKARTA - Fears of unrest and possible riots this weekend are still rampant in Indonesia, but the number of ethnic Chinese fleeing the country appears to have subsided, witnesses and residents said.


ISTANBUL - A homemade bomb wounded four people on Friday at a Turkish university building known as a center of Islamist activism, police said.


LUCKNOW - At least 40 people have died in the past four days in landslides caused by incessant rains in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, officials said today.

SRINAGAR - One Indian soldier was killed and six others wounded when Pakistani troops fired across the disputed Kashmir border, Indian police said today.


KIEV - A rare book by the Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus published in 1543 has been stolen from Ukraine's National Vernadsky Library, the director said.


PARIS - A 12-year-old French boy was ordered to polish 20 pairs of firemen's boots for starting a fire in a field of oats, the newspaper Liberation said today.


KHARTOUM - Sudan has criticized Egypt for allowing Sudanese groups trying to topple the Islamist government in Khartoum to meet in Cairo for the first time.


ALGIERS - Eleven civilians were killed in Algeria in two attacks overnight southwest of the capital, Algerian security forces said today.

Sri Lanka

COLOMBO - Tamil Tiger rebels said today they had trapped several Sri Lankan soldiers and killed them when troops tried to push deeper into guerrilla territory in the north of the country earlier this week.


LONDON - A leading British scientist today dismissed fears over genetically modified food as irrational and said engineering new crops was no different from the selective breeding farmers had carried out for centuries.


TOKYO - Two physically handicapped lovers forbidden to marry by their families have been found drowned in a lake in an apparent case of double suicide, police said today.


SAO PAULO - A fired Brazilian factory worker walked into his former manager's office and shot him to death in revenge for being dismissed, police said.


HAVANA - Fidel Castro celebrated his 72nd birthday - his 39th as chief of Cuba - with hundreds of schoolchildren at a Havana youth and vocational center.


MEXICO CITY - A small earthquake shook the ground near the towering Popocatepetl volcano, but experts said there was no sign it affected activity on the smoking mountain 30 miles southeast of Mexico City.


SANAA - The eldest son of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh underwent surgery in Geneva on his left shoulder, which he injured in a car accident last year.


PHNOM PENH - Cambodian opposition parties said today election winner Hun Sen's ruling party was trying to lure opposition politicians to its ranks with financial rewards to secure a working majority in the new parliament.