BOGOTA - An alleged Cali cartel member known as "The Fat Man" was arrested in Bogota and could be extradited to the United States on drug trafficking charges.


DUBLIN - The U.S. Embassy said the State Department has denied a visa request from a Catholic republican leader believed to have contacts with the Real IRA, the group that killed 28 people in a car bomb attack last Saturday.


STOCKHOLM - Sweden's two main political parties unveiled their manifestos on Friday, ahead of a national election Sept. 20, focusing on jobs, taxes and welfare and with neither program offering surprises.


MARJAYOUN - Israeli planes raided suspected pro-Iranian Hezbollah targets in south Lebanon after two Israelis were killed overnight by a roadside bomb detonated by the Muslim group.


LIMA - President Alberto Fujimori named a new prime minister and defense minister, completing an overhaul of Peru's political scene a day after he replaced his military chief and won a key ruling on an expected re-election bid.


BUENOS AIRES - Brazilian plans to cut most of the flow of water to the mighty Iguazu waterfalls for up to two months to fill a dam have infuriated neighboring Argentina, which fears damage to the environment and tourism.


TEGUCIGALPA - Tania Facusse, a niece of Honduran President Carlos Flores, was released after a three-day kidnapping ordeal, relatives said.


MEXICO CITY - Analysts said proposals by Mexico's main conservative opposition party could break a parliament deadlock over how to deal with $65 million in bad bank debt.


MANAGUA - Three Nicaraguan government officials were ordered to pay fines and given suspended prison terms after they were found guilty of some charges in a case involving a stolen Lear Jet, a court official said.


MAKHACHKALA - A local Muslim leader was killed in a car bombing in Russia's southern region of Dagestan, officials said. Mufti Said-Mohammad Abubakarov died along with his brother when their car was blown up by a radio-controlled bomb. Their driver also was killed, the ITAR-Tass news agency reported.


YANGON - In its most direct challenge yet to Myanmar's military government, Aung San Suu Kyi's political party said it would convene the parliament elected in 1990.


WARSAW - Kazimierz Dziewanowski, a Solidarity activist who became Poland's first ambassador to the United States after communism, has died. He was 68.


JERUSALEM - A rabbi stabbed to death by a Palestinian in the divided West Bank city of Hebron was laid to rest amid calls for revenge from dozens of Jewish settlers.


BLANTYRE - Soldiers reportedly trying to avenge the death of a colleague beat up street vendors and minibus workers while police looked on, witnesses said.


WINDHOEK - Namibia's president is suing a newspaper editor for writing editorials accusing him of corruption, nepotism and other evils, local media reported.