ASMARA - Sudanese rebels said they seized two government army garrisons in eastern Sudan and were only some 30 km (19 miles) from strategic Roseires dam. Yassir Arman, a spokesman for the Sudan People`s Liberation Army (SPLA), said National Democratic Alliance forces captured the garrisons at Yarda and Darfa and were advancing towards Wad el-Mahal.
KIGALI - Prosecution witnesses told a Rwandan court how a prominent politician accused of genocide ordered and incited killings during the 1994 mass slaughter. Froduald Karamira, former vice-president of the Hutu extremist MDR-Power party under the ousted Hutu government, is charged with genocide and crimes against humanity and is the most senior genocide suspect to come to trial in Rwanda. He is charged under Rwanda`s genocide law with Category One crimes and therefore will face the death penalty if convicted.
WASHINGTON - U.S. safety regulators said starting next month they will make public a wide variety of new airline safety information so the public can know if a carrier has a good safety record.
LONDON - The head of Japanese carmaker Toyota stirred up a pre-election row among Britain`s ruling Conservatives by seeming to rule out building new factories in the country if it stayed out of Europe`s single currency. The reported comments by Toyota president Hiroshi Okuda plunged the Conservatives into fresh arguments over Europe and whether Britain should sign up for the first stage of Economic and Monetary union (EMU) in 1999.
WASHINGTON - Gulf War commander Norman Schwarzkopf said it was possible that allied carpet bombing exposed U.S. troops to Iraqi war gas, but said he got no report of any such exposure throughout the 1991 war.
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina - Convicted serial killer Henry Louis Wallace was given nine death sentences - one for each woman he confessed to strangling. The jury returned the recommendation of death after deliberating for four days.
WASHINGTON - Senior U.S. officials branded Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein a "demon" and said there were signs of a power struggle in Baghdad. Reinforcing suggestions of instability in Iraq reported on Tuesday by a senior U.S. military source, White House Press Secretary Mike McCurry offered a terse but carefully worded assessment of the political situation in Baghdad.
JERUSALEM - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will hold meetings with Palestinian President Yasser Arafat and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Sunday, when the three attend an economic forum in a Swiss resort, an aide said. The leaders are expected to share a platform for a discussion of the Middle East at the World Economic Forum in Davos on February 2.
PARIS - Algeria prepared a martyr`s burial for assassinated trade union boss Abdelhak Benhamouda amid a clamour of questions over whether Moslem fundamentalists or political rivals killed him.
UNITED NATIONS - The Security Council reprimanded Libya for saying it no longer considered itself subject to a mandatory U.N. air embargo and called a recent flight to Ghana by a Libyan plane "an apparent violation" of sanctions.
GAZA - The militant Hamas movement in Gaza warned the United States that if it extradites to Israel a leader of the Islamic group`s political arm, America would become an enemy of "Islamic people everywhere."