LAGOS - Nigeria's Gen. Abdulsalam Abubakar ended his first visit as military ruler to the opposition stronghold of Lagos, marking another break with his late predecessor's regime.


BEIJING - About 100 people held a sit-down protest outside the headquarters of China's Communist Party, demanding help to recover their money from a failed futures house.

HONG KONG - Mainland China will give Hong Kong two giant pandas early next year as a gift, Hong Kong's government said. The pandas will be housed in a special enclosure to be built at Hong Kong's Ocean Park, a government statement said.

BEIJING - Pan Mingdong, a veteran dissident who was repeatedly jailed for his activism, has died of cancer after a long wait for a passport that would have enabled him to be treat-ed in the United States, human rights groups said.


MUZAFFARABAD - India troops fired machine guns across a military control line in Kashmir, killing two men in the Pakistan-ruled part of the disputed Himalayan region, local officials said.


ZACHARIAS ISLAND, Newfoundland - A pack of sled dogs killed a woman and her 10-year-old son who were picking berries on an island off the Labrador coast, police said.


VILNIUS - The former U.S. official who now is president of Lithuania wants to get rid of the country's practice of having exclusive hunting grounds for high-ranking officials.


YANGON - Myanmar's military government gave permission for opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's doctors to visit her at the site of a political protest.


BOMBAY - India's film industry went on a daylong strike to protest what it called the government's failure to curb piracy of movies and music.


AMSTERDAM - World War II researchers reported finding five missing pages of Anne Frank's famed diary, in which the Jewish girl harshly describes her parents' marriage.


MANILA - Police arrested the two main suspects in a shooting rampage that killed 10 people, including a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer, in the central Philippines last week.


JAKARTA - Indonesian President B.J. Habibie has released 32 political prisoners, bringing to 105 the total number of political prisoners freed by his administration, a Justice Ministry official said.

Sri Lanka

COLOMBO - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels freed the 17-member India crew of a merchant ship hijacked last week by the guerrillas and then destroyed by Sri Lanka's air force, Red Cross officials said.


CAIRO - Sudanese opposition factions, bent on toppling Sudan's Islamist government, said Egypt had shown its support by letting them meet in Cairo for the first time.


DUSHANBE - The bodyguard of the U.N. Secretary-General's special envoy to Tajikistan was found dead in the Tajik capital Dushanbe late Monday, a police official said.


KAMPALA - Ugandan police are investigating the disappearance of four foreign tourists who vanished in the Democratic Republic of the Congo after being attacked by gunmen, officials said.