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JAKARTA — Indonesia's former ruler Suharto will face trial next week on charges of corruption during his long, autocratic rule, officials said on Monday.


RMEISH — U.N. special representative Rolf Knutsson visited sections of the Lebanese-Israeli frontier on Monday during his first tour of south Lebanon since Israel's May 24 withdrawal.


HANOI — Bus drivers in Vietnam will be obliged to rest every three hours and have their shifts limited to six hours under new measures to stem the country's burgeoning road deaths.


MANILA — Philippine officials sought Libya's approval Monday for a new approach to talks with Muslim rebels after the separatists' last-minute refusal to free 24 hostages from their jungle hideout last weekend.


VIENNA — A speeding semitrailer crashed into a double-decker German tour bus early Monday, killing eight teenagers and injuring 21 others.


BELGRADE — The Yugoslav army is investigating whether two of its soldiers were involved in a plot to smuggle a group of Chinese illegal immigrants into Italy.


MADRID — Mourners led by Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar packed a cathedral in northern Spain on Monday for a funeral of two Civil Guard police officers killed by suspected ETA separatists.

South Korea

SEOUL — President Kim Dae-jung on Monday ordered South Korea's Cabinet not to give in to demands of doctors on strike since August 11 in protest over a law stripping them of the right to sell medicine.


ALEXANDRIA, Egypt — Syrian Foreign Minister Farouq al-Shara on Monday demanded that Israel withdraw from all of east Jerusalem under U.N. land-for-peace resolutions.


BEIJING — A generator exploded at a steel works in eastern China on Monday, killing 14 people, injuring 18 others and causing part of a workshop to collapse, state media said.


STOCKHOLM — Sweden's coast guard said Monday it plans to board a U.S. ship suspected of taking divers to examine the wreck of the ferry Estonia, which sank in the Baltic Sea in 1994 with the loss of 852 lives.

East Timor

DILI — In a step toward establishing an independent government, East Timor's political leaders opened their first multiparty congress Monday with calls for unity.


SYDNEY — Australia's foreign minister told his Fijian counterpart on Monday that the South Pacific nation must make a swift return to democracy.


PATNA — Rivers in the flood-hit eastern Indian state of Bihar are rising again, a government statement said, triggering fears of more misery in the nation's second most populous state.


TAIPEI — Three moderate earthquake shook central Taiwan Monday, a day after a series of temblors rattled the area. No injuries or damages were reported.


NAZRAN — A guerrilla unit stumbled into a minefield in eastern Chechnya, killing nine of the rebels and wounding 12 others, the Russian military command said Monday.


TEHRAN — A three-judge appeals court reviewing the jail terms of 10 Iranian Jews convicted of spying for Israel is divided on whether all the charges constituted crimes, a senior judicial official said.