BOGOTA -- The leader of Colombia's feared paramilitary squads on Friday released a popular senator after holding her two weeks, and the politician said her ex-captor should be included in peace talks.
ALMATY -- About 1,000 Kazaks have handed over their gold jewelry to the government in a campaign to help the economy, an official said Friday.
HULL -- South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu criticized the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank on Friday for failing to help free developing nations from international debt.
Pope John Paul II named a new bishop for the Cuban diocese of Santa Clara on Friday, continuing to strengthen the Catholic church in the communist-run nation.
MOSCOW -- The tuberculosis rate in Russia's armed forces has doubled since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the top military health official was quoted as saying in an article published Friday.
RIO DE JANEIRO -- Gunmen opened fire on a bar on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, killing six people and wounding 26 others, Rio police said Friday.
NEW DELHI -- One of India's most famous bird sanctuaries is being threatened by encroaching villages and hordes of tourists, according to a U.N. report released Friday.
WELLINGTON -- New Zealand is launching a new attempt to restore defense ties with the United States, 13 years after the U.S. government suspended those links over anti-nuclear laws.
TOKYO -- Two major Japanese gangs reached a truce Friday in a feud that led to more than a dozen shootings this week and police raids on mobster hangouts, a news report said.
PORT-AU-PRINCE -- A U.S. military truck carrying U.S. soldiers overturned in Haiti on Friday, killing two soldiers and injuring 14 others, a U.S. military spokesman said.
PORT-AU-PRINCE -- Protesters set fire to a U.S. military vehicle, burned barricades and threw stones in Port-au-Prince Friday in a demonstration demanding the release of a police officer being questioned about the shooting deaths of 11 people.
CARACAS -- Hundreds of Colombians poured across the border into neighboring Venezuela Friday to flee heavy fighting in their own country, Venezuelan officials reported.
ROUEN -- A court sentenced an 87-year-old Frenchman to 10 years in prison for strangling and beating his 83-year-old wife to death after finding love letters from a man aged 80 under her pillow.
QUEBEC CITY -- Three teenage boys were arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit murder and making death threats against several fellow students Friday, and officials said their actions were linked to the publicity surrounding the Littleton, Colo., school shooting in April.
PANAMA CITY -- The United States handed over a 66-year-old college campus to Panama on Friday, complying with treaties that will cede control of the Panama Canal at the end of the 1999.