KAMPALA - A grenade exploded Tuesday on a bus bound for Kigali, Rwanda, causing a collision and at least 20 deaths.


ARKALYK - Three Russian cosmonauts, including a former aide to President Boris Yeltsin, landed in the Kazak desert Tuesday after a flawless descent from the Mir space station.


RIGA - Nationalist politicians say they have collected enough signatures to force a referendum on whether to ease citizenship rules for ethnic Russians who live in Latvia.


LUCKNOW - Battered by landslides last week, India's most populous state is now submerged under floods that have killed 600 people this week and affected 5 million others, officials said Tuesday.


PHNOM PENH - Keeping up pressure on Cambodian leader Hun Sen, 5,000 people Tuesday protested alleged election fraud and cheered calls for his ouster by an opposition leader.


ABUJA - Nigeria will hold presidential elections in February and the military government will hand over power to civilians next May, the electoral commission announced.

Northern Ireland

BELFAST - British Prime Minister Tony Blair's plans to recall Parliament to pass tough new anti-terrorist laws are a "massive overreaction" that could jeopardize the Northern Ireland peace process, the IRA-allied Sinn Fein party said Tuesday.


PARIS - Former French Prime Minister Alain Juppe, a close ally of President Jacques Chirac, has been placed under investigation in a probe into an alleged payroll scam at Paris City Hall, a justice source said Tuesday.


KUALA LUMPUR - Human rights groups and opposition parties condemned a decision by Malaysia's highest court on Tuesday to jail an opposition leader for sedition, calling it politically motivated and a blow to free speech.


THE HAGUE - A Bosnian Serb commander charged with raping Moslem women in the 1992-95 Bosnian war will appear before the U.N. war crimes tribunal on Friday to face fresh sexual assault charges, the tribunal said.


PACHUCA - A prisoner being held on charges of raping and killing a child now stands accused of strangling another child during a prison visit.


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - A woman convicted of obstructing justice for having an affair with a defendant while serving on the jury that acquitted him has been sentenced to 18 months in prison.


JAKARTA - Police fired warning shots and tear gas Tuesday at stone-throwing supporters of a pro-democracy leader who tried to disrupt a congress held by a rival party faction.


PANAMA CITY - President Ernesto Perez Balladares has turned control of Panama's security forces over to an electoral tribunal to prevent the military from interfering in a vote on whether to allow him to run for re-election.


TOKYO - Japanese aviation authorities said they are investigating whether a Japanese commercial airliner and a U.S. military jet came dangerously close while flying over Japan.