RANGOON - The political party of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Friday demanded the release of eight members it says were arrested in the aftermath of a scuffle with police.
OTTAWA - Two Canadians have spent almost a week huddled in a locked cage, living like chickens and eating nothing but vegetable mash - all in the name of art, animal rights and a bit of cash.
GUATEMALA CITY - Guatemala's defense minister said Friday that the army would demobilize two large military zones in November as the military, once notorious for human rights abuses, steps up peacetime reductions.
MADRID - Hollywood is increasing its presence in Spain - in the form of a Time Warner Inc. movie theme park near Madrid. The park, which will have old and new Hollywood icons such as Superman, is expected to draw 3 million visitors yearly.
LUSAKA - A Zambian opposition leader was arrested Friday and apparently questioned about a failed coup earlier this week, his lawyer said.
MASERU - With Prince Charles and several African leaders looking on, Letsie III was formally crowned king of Lesotho on Friday in a ceremony that emphasized hope for stability in the troubled region.
MUNICH - An anti-Nazi watchdog group has criticized Bavaria's plans to turn Adolf Hitler's former alpine retreat into a resort, saying Friday that the project would trivialize Nazi atrocities.
HAVANA - Gen. Alvaro Lopez Viera, a veteran of Fidel Castro's revolutionary forces is Cuba's new armed forces chief, replacing a man appointed to head the crucial ministry of sugar.
KIGALI - An attack by armed men suspected of being Hutu rebels left 48 people dead in northwestern Rwanda, state-run radio reported Friday.
BASEL - Basel University temporarily cut off some of its departments from the Internet after child pornography was found on an employee's World Wide Web page, officials confirmed Friday.
PRETORIA - Britain's Prince Charles arrived in South Africa on Friday on the final leg of his three-nation African tour, his first official trip since the death of his ex-wife Diana.
BORDEAUX - The Vichy regime collaborated with the Nazis willingly and even took initiatives to carve out a privileged place in Hitler's Europe, a U.S. historian testified Friday at Maurice Papon's war crimes trial.
PARIS - Jacques Derogy, who helped pioneer investigative journalism in France and tracked down Vichy war criminal Paul Touvier, has died, his former publisher said Friday. He was 72.
PHNOM PENH - Delivering a somber message on his 75th birthday, King Norodom Sihanouk begged Cambodia's leaders on Friday to work together to bring peace to the country before it slides irreversibly into ruin.
MILAN - Fire flashed through an oxygen chamber in a Milan hospital on Friday, killing 10 patients and a nurse inside.