MANILA — Typhoon Bebinca barreled through the northern Philippines today, killing at least 26 people, triggering landslides and flooding many areas, officials and radio reports said.


SUVA — Soldiers captured 12 mutineers and searched for more after putting down a bloody uprising by elite fighters who tried to take over Fiji's main military barracks.


MOSCOW — A Russian court has postponed indefinitely the trial of U.S. spy suspect Edmond Pope pending an examination of his deteriorating state of health, his lawyer said.


SRINAGAR — Six people, including a leader of the Shia Muslim community, were killed by a powerful landmine blast in Indian-controlled Kashmir, police said.


BERN, Switzerland — The government has frozen $50 million in Zurich bank accounts tied to Peru's fugitive ex-spy chief Vladimiro Montesinos, while prosecutors investigate suspected money-laundering, the federal Justice Ministry said.


BERLIN — Former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl will publish a diary of the past two years in which he saw his reputation as the father of German reunification shatter in a slush-fund scandal, his office said.


WARSAW — Prosecutors charged a 77-year-old Pole with helping Nazi German occupiers in the mass murder of Jews during World War II. It was the first indictment in Poland for Nazi-related war crimes since 1973. The man, identified only as Henryk M., was detained by police in the north-western city of Szczecin and faces life in prison if convicted.

South Africa

CAPE TOWN — Police defused a pipe bomb planted in a restaurant in Bellville near Cape Town and were questioning two men.


TEHRAN — Thousands of Iranians marched from the former U.S. Embassy to prayers today to mark the 21st anniversary of the hostage crisis that followed Iran's Islamic revolution, but arch-foe Israel took the brunt of the marchers' wrath.


TAIPEI — Nearly 1,000 anti-nuclear activists voiced their support for President Chen Shui-bian today, protesting against an opposition drive to remove the embattled leader from office.


BANGKOK — The World Bank said Thailand had achieved strong success in battling AIDS, particularly among commercial sex workers but urged the country to alter its strategy to combat the changing face of the problem.


EDMONTON, Alberta — Attackers threw firebombs at two Edmonton synagogues this week, causing minor damage and no injuries, authorities said. No individual or group has claimed responsibility, and no arrests have been made.


BRISBANE — Conservationists called for ships carrying dangerous cargo to be banned from the Great Barrier Reef, a day after a ship ran aground on the fragile coral.

Northern Ireland

BELFAST — Independent inspectors who recently visited three Irish Republican Army weapons stockpiles said they believe the outlawed paramilitary group is committed to the peace process.


YEREVAN — Seventeen people who took part in a massive demonstration against President Robert Kocharian have been sentenced to prison terms ranging from one week to fifteen days, officials said.


LONDON — Sue Ryder, who devoted her life to helping the poor and disabled, died Thursday at age 77. Ryder, who was made a baroness for life for her charity work, opened her first home for the disabled in 1952 and set up the Sue Ryder Foundation a year later.