CHINA

BEIJING -- Paramilitary police used tear gas and clubs to break up a protest of 3,000 farmers in southern China, killing one person and injuring more than 100, a human rights group said.

LEBANON

NABATIYEH -- Israeli jets and artillery attacked suspected guerrilla positions in southern Lebanon after Iranian-backed militants staged 15 attacks, security officials said. There was no word on casualties.

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PARIS -- Raymond Peynet, the cartoon illustrator whose drawings of young lovers embodied romance for generations of French, died Thursday at age 90.

RUSSIA

MOSCOW -- Boris Yeltsin has yet to make an appearance in the Kremlin this year, and Moscow's powerful mayor accused the Russian president of failing to fulfill his duties.

GERMANY

FRANKFURT -- Rescuers called off their search for two U.S. airmen killed when a U.S. military refueling plane crashed and burned near the German-Dutch border. Bodies of the two other victims were found earlier in the day.

VENEZUELA

CARACAS -- President-elect Hugo Chavez received an invitation to meet with President Clinton at the White House later this month, the U.S. Embassy said.

IRAN

TEHRAN -- Large crowds chanting "Death to Israel" and "Death to America" marched in Tehran and burned an Israeli flag and an Uncle Sam puppet to mark a nationwide day of protests against the Jewish state.

CYPRUS

NICOSIA -- Attempts to ship a boatload of illegal immigrants back to Lebanon hit a glitch when Lebanese authorities refused to accept them, Cypriot officials said.

CROATIA

ZAGREB -- A rare trial in which journalists are suing the government for spying on them opened in a local court but the main defendant, Croatian Interior Minister Ivan Penic, did not attend and the trial was postponed.

CAMBODIA

PHNOM PENH -- Prime Minister Hun Sen said his government will cut the size of military and police forces and spend more money on health and education.

AUSTRALIA

BRISBANE -- Young conservatives in Australia's tropical northern state of Queensland were set to vote this weekend on whether public breastfeeding and foreign-language signs should be banned from their streets.

NORTHERN IRELAND

BELFAST -- Police in British-ruled Northern Ireland arrested several people and seized two guns after a suspected shooting attack on one of their bases. A spokesman for the Royal Ulster Constabulary said no one was injured.

SRI LANKA

COLOMBO -- Government troops attacked a Tamil Tiger rebel hideout in the northern Wanni region and killed seven guerrillas, the defense ministry said.

VIETNAM

HANOI -- The government slammed recent U.S. and British bombing raids against Iraq, and accused the two powers of being stubborn and of intimidation.

PHILIPPINES

ZAMBOANGA -- Edwin Angeles, a former leader of the Muslim extremist group Abu Sayyaf who later became a government spy, was killed by a lone gunman in the southern Philippines, police said.