Israel

JERUSALEM - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that he discussed the fate of Jonathan Pollard with President Clinton but no decision was made about a possible release of the American jailed 13 years ago for spying for Israel.

China

BEIJING - Despite catastrophic floods and pressure from the global financial crisis, China celebrated its 49th year under Communist Party rule with praise for the nation's achievements.

South Korea

SEOUL - Tropical storm Yanni moved out of South Korea, leaving at least 27 people dead and 28 others missing, government officials said.

Ireland

DUBLIN - Police arrested three more people on suspicion of planning last month's car-bomb slaughter in the Northern Ireland town of Omagh.

Russia

MOSCOW - A civil trial to prohibit the activities of the Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia has been adjourned until November, a group spokesman said.

Germany

BONN - Chancellor-elect Gerhard Schroeder began informal talks with the left-wing Greens to form a government whose top priority will be tackling record unemployment.

England

LONDON - British Muslim groups called on the government to reject a U.S. request to extradite Khaled Abdel-Rahman al-Fawwaz, a Saudi with alleged links to Osama Bin Laden and the man Washington says is behind the August bombing of two embassies in Africa.

India

SRINAGAR - Four separatist guerrillas were killed in a gunbattle with Indian security forces near the Pakistani border in the restive Himalayan region of Kashmir, police said.

Turkey

ANKARA - A leading Iraqi Kurdish militia chief rejected a cease-fire offer made by a rival Turkish Kurd group in northern Iraq where the United States has attempted to forge an anti-Baghdad Kurdish front.

Italy

ROME - The center-left government prepared for new political turbulence as its communist support in parliament looked almost certain to crumble.

Iran

TEHRAN - The foreign ministry said Tehran would respond vigorously to any kind of aggressive measures by Israel.

Kenya

NAIROBI - Two FBI agents investigating the Aug. 7 bomb attack on the U.S. Embassy were robbed of a handgun and radio after a car crash in the Kenyan capital, local newspapers reported.

Nigeria

ABUJA - Military ruler Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar said a dual-rate foreign exchange system that has blocked negotiations on debt relief would be scrapped by the end of the year.

Australia

SYDNEY - The nation's 12 million voters will choose between a conservative incumbent proposing radical tax reform and a Labor candidate promising jobs and social spending in national elections Saturday.

Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR - Bruises on the face of jailed dissident Anwar Ibrahim, splashed on newspaper front pages for two days, are blemishing the image of Malaysian police.