SANTO DOMINGO - Caribbean nations signed a trade pact doubling their market Saturday at a summit marked by the overnight conversion of Fidel Castro from regional bogeyman to elder statesman.
LUCKNOW - Boulders hurtled toward rescue workers Saturday in a remote Himalayan village, forcing them to abandon the hunt for survivors of an earlier landslide that may have killed 202 people.
MANILA - Men breaking into line set off a stampede Saturday at a presidential office in Manila that offers jobs and help for the poor, killing at least two people, authorities and witnesses said.
YANGON - Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's health was improving Saturday on the 11th day of her roadside standoff with Myanmar's military government, her colleagues said.
SIDON - Israeli forces shelled suspected guerrilla hideouts and villages in southern Lebanon on Saturday, wounding a civilian, Lebanese security officials said.
VATICAN CITY - The Vatican denounced writings by a popular Jesuit author Saturday, warning of "dangers" contained in his works. It said several works by Anthony de Mello, an Indian-born Jesuit priest, contradict orthodox Roman Catholic doctrine.
BONN - Opposition candidate Gerhard Schroeder kicked off the final stretch of his election campaign Saturday by pledging to restore programs to help the most vulnerable members of society.
SEOUL, South Korea - Torrential rain, hail and tidal waves have damaged crops in North Korea, which already is suffering through a famine after years of disastrous weather, the country's news media reported Saturday.