JERUSALEM - Israel on Friday said it had lifted a weeklong closure of the divided West Bank city of Hebron and arrested a Jewish settler suspected of firing shots at the rooftops of Palestinian homes.


BEIJING - An earthquake in a remote part of northwestern China killed three people and injured seven others, state media reported Friday.


SYDNEY - Sydney's water contamination crisis - its second in a month - worsened Friday, with authorities extending health warnings and urging residents to boil tap water before drinking it.

North Korea

PYONGYANK - North Korea expelled a U.S. citizen on Friday for spying for rival South Korea and distributing anti-North Korea propaganda materials, Pyongyang's official news agency said.

South Korea

SEOUL - Torrential rains that triggered flash floods and mudslides in South Korea this month have caused an estimated $300 million in damage to U.S. military facilities in the country, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said.


BELIZE CITY - Belizeans in blue shirts waved flags in the streets early Friday to celebrate a huge victory by the opposition People's United Party in national elections in this tiny Caribbean country.

Sri Lanka

COLOMBO - Sri Lankan troops in operations against Tamil Tiger rebels killed 81 guerrillas for the loss of 12 soldiers over the past two weeks in the north and east, an army spokesman said.

South Africa

CAPE TOWN - A radical South African Muslim group marched on the justice minister's home Friday to protest the arrest of three of its members in connection with a fatal blast at a Planet Hollywood res-tau-rant.


KUALA LUMPUR - Several hundred Muslims demonstrated Friday outside the U.S. embassy against U.S. strikes inside Afghanistan and Sudan.


MONTREAL, Quebec - Quebec Premier Lucien Bouchard has promised voters that the question posed in the next referendum on independence for the province will be clearer than the one asked in 1995.


MADRID - A Spanish judge acquitted 14 youths of charges they killed a cow by pouring several bottles of whiskey down its throat.


TOKYO - Two Japanese fighter pilots, missing since their F-1 jets plunged into the Pacific Ocean three days ago, have been confirmed dead, a Defense Agency spokesman said Friday.


LIMA - Peru's Congress has blocked a referendum to decide if President Alberto Fujimori is eligible for a third consecutive term in office, paving the way for an election bid in 2000.


PHNOM PENH - Cambodian opposition leaders Friday appealed to U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan for help in their efforts to challenge the result of the July 26 election won by government leader Hun Sen.


MARJAYOUN - Hezbollah guerrillas detonated a roadside bomb in south Lebanon Friday, wounding a pro-Israeli militiaman, a militia source said.