JERUSALEM - A Norwegian anti-nuclear group said it had submitted a petition of 1 million signatures to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office on Wednesday demanding the release of Israeli nuclear whistle-blower Mordechai Vanunu.


PARIS - Former bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones, the sole survivor of the car crash that killed Princess Diana, lodged a complaint Wednesday against the Ritz Hotel and the Etoile-Limousine car service for "endangering the lives of others." The driver of the car, Henri Paul, the chief of security at the Ritz Hotel, was killed in the crash. He was legally drunk and taking prescription drugs for depression at the time.


KIEV - Falling rocks killed one miner in eastern Ukraine. A total of 298 miners have died in job accidents in Ukraine since the beginning of 1998.


JAKARTA - Students protesting the policies of Indonesia's government demonstrated in three cities Wednesday, defying troops sent to put down discontent. At least 10 people were injured.

Saudi Arabia

RIYADH - Saudi Arabia has decided to downgrade ties with Afghanistan because that country's Taliban militia is harboring Saudi dissident Osama bin Laden, a Afghan diplomat said Wednesday.


BONN - Chancellor Helmut Kohl said Wednesday he was in theory not opposed to a grand coalition with the opposition Social Democrats after Sunday's election but said he would not be part of such a government.


BEIJING - A gas explosion at a coal mine in central China killed 28 miners and seriously injured another one, a Chinese newspaper reported Wednesday.


MADRID - Legislators narrowly defeated a bill to relax an abortion law Tuesday, leaving intact restrictions that allow abortion only when the mother's health is in danger, or in cases of rape, incest or fetal malformation.


MANILA - Four more people were rescued by fishermen from a small island Tuesday, four days after a ferry carrying 454 people sank in a storm outside Manila Bay. The Coast Guard said 48 people were still missing and 43 were confirmed dead.


PRESTWICK - A Hungarian airliner carrying more than 200 people from Budapest to Toronto was grounded overnight in Scotland after a bomb scare prompted an emergency landing. No injuries were reported and nothing was found onboard the plane.


TOKYO - A powerful typhoon swept through western Japan on Tuesday, killing nine, forcing thousands to evacuate their homes.

South Korea

SEOUL - A former top spy, Kwon Young-hae, was sentenced to five years in prison Wednesday for plotting to destroy President Kim Dae-jung's election campaign last year by depicting him as a communist.


MEXICO CITY - The Popocatepetl volcano tossed a plume of steam and ash 2 1/2 miles into the air, showering some Mexico City suburbs with a dusting of gray, gritty ash. The volcano, 50 miles southeast of downtown Mexico City, has been sputtering intermittently since 1994.