JAKARTA — Indonesia's first democratically elected president Abdurrahman Wahid said he would not seek re-election.
MBABANE — Parliament said it will debate legislation mandating the sterilization of people infected with HIV/AIDS.
MANILA — Squatters whose neighborhood was buried this week by the collapse of a seven-story mountain of waste blamed city officials for letting the garbage grow so high, ultimately toppling and killing at least 137 people.
DAMASCUS — President-elect Bashar al-Assad attended the final stage of a military maneuver and urged the armed forces to improve training and upgrade combat readiness, officials said.
SEOUL — A senior U.S. State Department official plans to meet with South Korean officials Friday to try to complete a deal that would let Seoul build missiles capable of reaching most of North Korea, officials said.
PAMPLONA — Three people were gored in the thigh and five others were kicked or trampled in a bull run Thursday, the seventh day of Pamplona's San Fermin Festival.
BELGRADE — Hackers broke into the Web site of Yugoslavia's main pro-government daily and posted a fake report saying President Slobodan Milosevic had been killed in a bomb explosion, a source at Politika said.
PESHAWAR — A U.S. aid worker ordered to leave Afghanistan after being accused of spying arrived in neighboring Pakistan on Thursday. Mary MacMakin, detained Sunday along with seven female Afghan staffers, was released Wednesday by the ruling Taliban and given 24 hours to leave Afghanistan.
Pope John Paul mourned the death of the former archbishop of Canterbury Lord Robert Runcie and recalled with affection the times he and the Anglican spiritual leader had prayed together.
JERUSALEM — The Israeli army said it had submitted more than 100 complaints to the United Nations over disturbances from across the Lebanese border in the wake of Israel's recent pullout from southern Lebanon.
TOKYO — A magnitude-5.1 earthquake jolted a string of volcanic islands off Tokyo on Thursday, one of hundreds of aftershocks since since a powerful tremor earlier this month. There were no reports of damage or injuries.
MOSCOW — Toxic mushrooms have killed 11 people and sickened 150 others this month in the southern Russian town of Voronezh, officials said.
ALGIERS — Muslim rebels killed 11 people as this month's wave of violence continued to escalate, newspapers reported.
BELFAST — The nation marked its first peaceful night in almost two weeks Thursday, permitting the British and Irish leaders to get back to the business of securing a lasting peace.
Papua New Guinea
PORT MORSEBY — This Pacific island's depleted defense force received a much needed boost after China signed a pact to resupply its military.
CAIRO — An irate man threw his wife from a third-floor window, fracturing her spine, after she refused to give him a bigger helping of chicken than his sons, a newspaper reported.
BOGOTA — Suspected Colombian cocaine trafficker Orlando Garcia will be extradited to the United States, police announced.