LIMA - Peru's air force has offered to pay $3.7 million in compensation to relatives of victims of a Boeing 737 crash that killed 74 people in May 1998, the defense ministry said Friday.


MEXICO CITY - Grappling with a wave of crime both on the streets and in the police force itself, Mexico City officials appointed a new police chief Friday to lead a force seen as deeply corrupt and in desperate need of reform.

MEXICO CITY - A leading Mexican novelist who heads an international writers organization said Friday that he has been receiving anonymous death threats, and he asked the government to investigate them more thoroughly.


BRASILIA - Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso said Friday his government would not introduce a new package of emergency measures to cope with the global economic turmoil caused by Russia's crisis.


TOKYO - A moderately strong tremor shook homes and office buildings in Tokyo on Saturday, but there were no indications of any damage, officials said.


ANKARA - A new military chief took over command of Turkey's armed forces on Friday, vowing to intensify the military's fight against radical Islam.


CALCUTTA - Mother Teresa's order is collecting details on miracles attributed to the nun, hoping to begin the process of sainthood, a Missionaries of Charity sister said Friday.


NASSAU - A British woman whose body was found at a Bahamian resort beach died of strangulation, according to autopsy results released Friday.


HAVANA - Protesters staged a small but highly unusual anti-government demonstration outside a Havana courtroom Friday after a prominent Cuban dissident was given a three-year jail sentence for "spreading false information."

Costa Rica

SAN JOSE - Costa Rican authorities on Friday refused to grant political asylum to a Cuban woman who had told a Miami newspaper that Fidel Cas-tro had suffered from a brain illness.


FRANKFURT ON ODER - German Chancellor Helmut Kohl taunted hecklers at a campaign rally on Friday in a depressed town on the Polish border by warning them he was armed with powerful speakers and could drown them out.


BOGOTA - Colombian Marxist rebels shot dead five civilians Friday after dragging them out of their homes at dawn accusing them of collaborating with the army, authorities said.

BOGOTA - A former Colombian senator and diplomat surrendered to police Friday, a day after a warrant was issued for his arrest on drug-related corruption charges.


MILAN - The board of directors for Italy's largest insurance company approved Friday a $100 million settlement in a lawsuit alleging it refused payment on the Nazi-era policies of Holocaust survivors and victims.


PANAMA CITY - Panama will vote Sunday whether to allow its president to extend his rule, a choice that for some has resurrected memories of the dictatorial regime of military strongman Manuel Noriega.