TEHRAN - A funeral procession was held for 700 Iranian soldiers killed in the 1980-88 war with Iraq whose remains were recently discovered, Iranian television reported.


BEIJING, China - An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.2 struck southern Tibet early Friday. There were no immediate reports of deaths or damage.


YANGON - Truckloads of riot police blocked off a Yangon college after hundreds of students protested again overnight against plans to relocate their campus, witnesses said.


KUALA LUMPUR - Sacked cabinet minister Anwar Ibrahim said he planned a nationwide tour to push for political reforms if he was not arrested and might consider joining the opposition.

South Korea

SEOUL - With the defection of an opposition lawmaker Kim Choong-il, South Korea's ruling camp is set to secure the most seats in parliament, but three shy of an absolute majority, the ruling party said.


PHNOM PENH - Four ethnic Vietnamese people have been killed by enraged mobs following a rash of rumors that Vietnamese have been poisoning food and water, police and hospital officials said.


JERUSALEM - The government criticized South African President Nelson Mandela for condemning Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's administration as "narrow and chauvinistic."


TUNIS - The government reiterated that it wanted to negotiate with the United States, Britain and the Netherlands on details of the proposed trial of two Libyan suspects accused of the Lockerbie bombing.

Sri Lanka

COLOMBO - Amnesty International appealed to the government to shut down un-au-thor-ized detention camps run by armed Tamil groups opposed to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam rebels.


BEIJING - China defended its detention of a television producer employed by U.S. network CBS News, saying she was a Chinese citizen who had broken the law. "Liu Qingyan is not a Beijing-based reporter of U.S. CBS News and is not an American citizen," a foreign ministry spokesman said.


LAGOS - The military government has uncovered large-scale fraud in its foreign service by diplomats adopting children before overseas postings to get special allowances, local newspapers said.


NAIROBI, Kenya - The World Food Program said hundreds of thousands of people in Somalia could face starvation after the country's worst harvest in five years.

Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN - The island nation's opposition Popular Democratic Party has filed a lawsuit seeking to halt a nonbinding Dec. 13 referendum on whether the U.S. commonwealth should seek statehood. The PDP claims the wording is biased to favor statehood.


KIEV - The deputy prime minister in charge of economic reforms, Serhiy Tyhypko, said the first installment of a widely expected $2.2 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund would total about $220 million.


STOCKHOLM - Several children under age 12 are suspects in the brutal murder of a 4-year-old child that has shocked Sweden, police said.