PERTH -- Leaving flooding and tens of millions of dollars in damage in its wake, powerful cyclone Vance drove inland Tuesday from Australia's northwest coast toward a major gold mining region. A man who had been presumed dead after refusing to evacuate from near where the storm hit shore has been found safe.


MECCA -- At least one million animals, mainly sheep, are destined for slaughter at this week's Muslim pilgrimage and the meat will be donated to the poor in Muslim countries around the world.


HAMBURG -- The government deported American neo-Nazi Gary Lauck to the United States, days after he completed a four-year sentence for distributing hate propaganda.


TOKYO -- The impotency drug Viagra went on sale legally, two months after government health officials approved the drug in record time.

TOKYO -- Maritime authorities said they had fired warning shots at two unidentified ships that had entered Japanese waters on Tuesday and then fled.


KUALA LUMPUR -- The trial of former Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim came to a bitter close Tuesday as defense lawyers refused to make closing arguments before a judge they accused of bias. The judge in turn threatened them with contempt of court. A verdict on four charges in the sensational sex and corruption trial will be given April 6.


DELMAS -- A judge gave a suspended sentence to a white farmer for firing a shot that killed a black baby in a freak ricochet, provoking outrage from the baby's mother and protesters.


MANILA -- China and the Philippines failed to resolve their quarrel over Chinese structures in the disputed Spratly Islands, and Manila said it might take the issue to the United Nations.


ANKARA -- Police say they have arrested three people in a firebomb attack 10 days ago on an Istanbul store that killed 13 people.


LOME -- The ruling party predictably swept the board in Sunday's parliamentary elections, winning all but one of the 66 seats declared in the 81-member parliament, according to latest results.


NEW DELHI -- Senior officials said there was a dangerous complacency in government departments and state enterprises on the millennium bug, and the problem must be addressed on a war footing.


NICOSIA -- The nation's chief game warden was killed when a bomb ripped through his booby-trapped car on a busy street in the coastal town of Limassol.


LONDON -- Millennium fever has helped boost champagne exports to Britain, the world's biggest market for French bubbly, to a new high, the industry said.


BONN -- Thousands of hospital workers staged protests to head off changes in work conditions being sought by the government, the OeTV public sector union said.


BANGKOK -- The government's latest agreement with the IMF will kickstart the economy but the government should get more involved in recapitalizing ailing banks, analysts said.