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ROME — Far-right Austrian leader Joerg Haider came to a seaside resort in northern Italy on Saturday to be honored at the town's City Hall, sparking a clash between youths and police.

ROME — World Pride 2000 ended with a flourish Saturday as tens of thousands marched to the Colosseum in what amounted to a victorious coming-out parade for Italy's gay community.


PODGORICA, Yugoslavia — Montenegro's president on Saturday restrained lawmakers bent on seeking independence from Yugoslavia, suppressing a challenge to Slobodan Milosevic and signaling that the tiny republic will not be goaded into a new war.

PRISTINA — In a case that could have serious repercussions throughout Kosovo, U.N. police are investigating a shootout in which a former Kosovo Liberation Army commander-turned-politician was wounded.


GERZEL — Hundreds of refugees fled Chechnya on Saturday, saying they feared renewed violence in the wake of suicide bombings against Russian troops and warnings by Chechen fighters of more fighting.


TORONTO — A youthful and conservative Stockwell Day won a landslide victory Saturday in a race to head Canada's largest opposition party and face off against Liberal Prime Minister Jean Chretien.


BOGOTA — A three-day battle in Colombia's ranching and coca-growing Caqueta province left 25 leftist rebels dead this week, and at least four died in other fighting, officials said Saturday.


JAKARTA — Four earthquakes measuring between 4.7 to 5.1 on the Richter scale have shaken the west of Indonesia's Sumatra island but caused no damage, a month after a powerful quake in the same area killed at least 120 people.


CAIRO — An Egyptian author was sentenced Saturday to a suspended six-month jail term for writing books that offend Islam. Salah-Eddine Mohsen's sentence is lenient; a conviction for offending religion usually carries a sentence of up to five years in prison.


TOKYO — A fairly strong earthquake shook two islands south of Tokyo early today, just hours after a volcano in the island chain erupted, spewing ash and rocks high into the air, Japan's Meteorological Agency reported.


MEXICO CITY — Police at a prison in southern Mexico caught six workers building a fully lighted, 633-foot tunnel with a ventilation system so that Colombian inmates could escape from the steamy facility in comfort.


Two Cuban doctors jailed for more than a month by Zimbabwean authorities after they sought political asylum have been released and flown to Sweden, officials and relatives said Saturday.


Iran would welcome U.S. investors after two decades of frozen relations and is waiting for the United States "to make the first step," the country's foreign minister was quoted Saturday as saying in Berlin.


ATHENS — Hundreds of firefighters and civilians battled a blaze on the Aegean Sea island of Samos on Saturday as strong winds continued to fan fires across Greece, authorities said.

North Korea

The United States and North Korea resume talks on Monday in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on curbing Pyongyang's missile program in their first meeting on the issue since Washington eased economic sanctions against the reclusive state after almost 50 years. The three-day talks, to be held behind closed doors at the U.S. embassy in the Malaysian capital, will address the development, deployment, testing and export of North Korean missiles, one of which Pyongyang test-fired over Japan into the Pacific Ocean in August 1998.