Israel

JERUSALEM - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Palestinians they must commit to a relentless campaign against Islamic militants if Israel is to hand over more West Bank land.

Canada

CALGARY, Alberta - A Dutch charter plane with 282 people aboard was forced to return to Calgary after an engine apparently exploded during takeoff. No one was injured.

Indonesia

JAKARTA - President B.J. Habibie promised that investigators would question his autocratic predecessor, Suharto, this week for the first time in their corruption probe.

Taiwan

TAIPEI - In a move warmly greeted here, China said it will play host to Taiwan's top negotiator next month and agreed to preliminary talks on an agenda for the visit.

Philippines

MANILA - Hundreds of activists, some with slogans painted on their bodies, marched to protest an accord that would let U.S. troops conduct war exercises here.

Sicily

PALERMO - A suspected mobster on a list of Italy's 30-most dangerous people was arrested. Mariano Tullio Troia, 65, allegedly ordered a series of murders, including that of Salvo Lima, a Sicilian politician with close links to former premier Giulio Andreotti who is on trial in Palermo on charges of Mafia association.

Belgium

BRUSSELS - The European Union authorized the sale of the impotence drug Viagra throughout its 15 member nations.

Pakistan

ISLAMABAD - Scores of Sunni Muslim militants set fire to a Shiite Muslim mosque near Islamabad in the latest violence between the rival Islamic groups. No one was injured.

China

BEIJING - Police arrested a software programmer for hack-ing into a nationwide computer network, the first arrest since a new criminal code outlawed computer crimes.

Congo

KINSHASA - President Laurent Kabila appointed four former generals of the late dictator Mobutu Sese Seko to command positions to bolster his offensive against rebels in the east, military sources said.

Bangladesh

DHAKA - Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said the government would build a 30-mile embankment to protect the capital from future floods. Despite fears that it could crumble, the existing Dhaka-Narayanganj-Demra embankment, which protects 1 million Dhaka residents, has withstood the current floods.

Cambodia

PHNOM PENH - The capital enjoyed its first calm day in more than three weeks as opposition supporters began to heed their leaders' pleas for restraint ahead of top-level talks on the political crisis.

South Africa

JOHANNESBURG - U.S. Commerce Secretary William Daley said American interest in investing in Africa remained high and he hoped further to expand trade with the continent.

Turkey

DIYARBAKIR - Thousands of Turkish troops are engaged in a large offensive against Kurdish rebels in the southeast of the country close to the border with Iraq, a military official said.

Japan

TOKYO - An earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale struck the northeastern city of Sendai on Tuesday, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.