TAPACHULA - President Ernesto Zedillo called the flood disaster in southern Mexico "grave, but under control" and insisted that his government was rushing aid to hundreds of thousands without food or shelter. The official death toll was 162, and officials said they expect it to rise.


MADRID - The government will not end its battle against armed separatists in the northern Basque region, even though they declared a cease-fire, the country's security chief said.


TIRANA - Parliament voted overwhelmingly to lift a former president's parliamentary immunity, clearing the way for the arrest of Sali Berisha on charges of organizing an armed uprising.


EL BIREH, West Bank - Hundreds of Hamas supporters stoned Israeli soldiers guarding a Jewish settlement and exhorted the group's bomb-makers to "blow up Tel Aviv" in a show of anger over Israel's killing of two Hamas fugitives. Twelve Palestinians were in-jured.


ROME - The dubbers are ending their 2-month-old strike. The agreement ends a protest that has delayed the Italian release of some Hollywood blockbusters and forced TV subtitles and voice-overs on a public used to skillful dubbing.


MAINZ - A small group of protesters disrupted a German election TV panel by shouting "liar" when Labor Minister Norbert Bluem said the nation's jobless problem was improving. Parliamentary elec-tions are set for Sept. 27


MOSCOW - The Central Bank said it planned to print rubles as part of a plan to aid the troubled banking system, but the news did nothing to aid the currency.


DUSHANBE - Health officials fear this central Asian nation is on the verge of an anthrax epidemic after some 200 cases of the deadly disease were registered.


TOKYO - Typhoon Todd was moving toward the southern Japanese island of Kyushu, threatening to bring heavy rains and strong winds.


MASERU - Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili said his government would not resign despite an international nation report criticizing recent elections, and he warned his patience was wearing thin with a seven-week protest.


KINSHASA - Forces backing President Laurent Kabila are advancing in a new strategy aimed at cutting off rebels controlling the northeastern Congolese city of Kisangani, an official said.


SURABAYA - More than 2,000 workers marched on the provincial parliament building in Indonesia's second city of Surabaya to demand higher wages.


PARIS - President Jacques Chirac invited Japanese Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi to visit France within the next few months.


DHAKA - Hundreds of angry Moslems rallied here to call for the arrest and execution of feminist writer Taslima Nasreen for insulting Islam.


MANILA - Moslem rebels who kidnapped an Italian priest have demanded $341,000 for his release, a church official said.