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TIRANA — Albanian Prime Minister Ilir Meta said he resigned after failing to resolve a party feud that paralyzed political life and vital reforms in one of Europe's poorest countries.


PHNOM PENH — Cambodia's King Norodom Sihanouk returned to Phnom Penh from China just days ahead of the country's first-ever local elections, which have been marred by the killing of candidates and intimidation.

PHNOM PENH — An opposition political activist and his wife have been shot dead by unidentified gunmen wearing military uniforms, officials said.


LONDON — Six men were arrested in northeast England in a dawn raid after a lengthy anti-terrorism investigation, police said.


BOMBAY — Doctors treating Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, for a bowel infection said he would remain in a Bombay hospital for another couple of days.


JAKARTA — A landslide caused by heavy rain killed five people in a suburb of the Indonesian capital, officials said.


TEHRAN — Iranian President Mohammad Khatami appealed to the Organization of the Islamic Conference and the Arab League on for special financial aid for Palestinians in their uprising against Iran's arch-foe Israel, state media reported.


BAGHDAD — Iraq has imported $1 billion worth of goods from its Gulf War foe Saudi Arabia under an "oil-for-food" deal with the United Nations, a senior Iraqi official said.


DUBLIN — Fans of the Irish rock band U2 have petitioned Dublin authorities to abandon plans to demolish a studio where the group recorded its latest hit album.


JERUSALEM — An Israeli passenger unwittingly carried a gun in his hand luggage on a flight from Tel Aviv to New York, and Israeli airport officials were trying to determine how their extensive security checks failed to find the weapon.

Ivory Coast

ABIDJAN — Police fired in the air in Ivory Coast's largest city, Abidjan and said they had gone on indefinite strike after the West African country's government failed to meet their salary demands.


ANTANANARIVO — Demonstrators who marched on Madagascan state radio and television to take control left the two buildings, saying the government had agreed to broadcast an opposition statement Tuesday evening.


KUALA LUMPUR — Southeast Asian countries agreed to work together to root out any militants who may be lying low after a series of arrests in the region, Malaysian Defense Minister Najib Razak said.


KARACHI — Pakistani police said they have made some progress in their hunt for missing and presumed kidnapped U.S. reporter Daniel Pearl and hope to find some important clues soon, but they gave no details.


MANILA — The Philippine Supreme Court denied a final petition by detained former president Joseph Estrada to scrap a law on economic plunder for being unconstitutional.

South Korea

SEOUL — President Kim Dae-jung replaced his point man on North Korea in a sweeping Cabinet shake-up in what was seen as a conciliatory gesture toward the recalcitrant communist state.

SEOUL — A fire that swept through a section of a two-story pub in a provincial city, killing at least 11 people and injuring four, police said.


BANGKOK — A series of explosions shook an army munitions warehouse in northeast Thailand, injuring at least 14 people, just months after ammunition blasts at the same warehouse killed 18.


KAMPALA — A Ugandan-backed Congolese rebel faction said it had lost a strategic mining town in northeastern Congo at the weekend to a rival militia force it said was supported by Rwanda.


TASHKENT — The United States and the European Union unveiled firmer ties with Uzbekistan but said they were closely watching the Central Asian state's democratic and human rights record, official media reported.