Peru

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

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.

Brazil

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.

Japan

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

Turkey

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.

India

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.

Bahamas

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

Cuba

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.

Germany

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.

Colombia

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.

Italy

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

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.