WASHINGTON — Rock star Bono joined U.S. Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers and a parade of lawmakers on Capitol Hill to urge Congress to authorize payment of the U.S. share of a global initiative to relieve the debts of some of the world's poorest countries. The Clinton administration has requested Congress to authorize payment of $435 million over two years to pay the United States' share of the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries Initiative, which aims to ease or forgive the crippling debt burdens of some of the poorest nations.

DUBLIN — Oasis stars Noel and Liam Gallagher were expected to put aside their personal differences to attend the funeral of their Irish grandmother, Margaret Sweeney, in County Mayo, local media reported. The turbulent brothers, who this year both split from their wives and are famed as much for their quarrelling as their music, flew into Ireland to pay their respects.