international ramifications after Defence Ministry officials said troops from Togo, Chad and Morocco were standing by to fly to Zaire.
RUHENGERI, Rwanda - Rwanda`s interior minister warned of increased violence and instability in the country as a Canadian priest murdered at the weekend was buried in the northwestern town of Ruhengeri. "What we are seeing is an increase in violence, not just against expatriates but also against Rwandans," Interior Minister Alexis Kanyarawenge told Reuters.
WARSAW - Polish forex and money markets reacted calmly to the resignation of Finance Minister Grzegorz Kolodko and expect no major changes in economic policy from his replacement Marek Belka, bankers said. Belka, an independent economist and former adviser to the Polish president, said he would continue macro-economic consolidation, with curbs on inflation and a tight budget, but markets reserved judgement on prospects for long-term success.
TOKYO - Giant Japanese carmaker Toyota Motor Corp expects to resume near-normal levels of output at all domestic production lines after a stoppage due to a fire at a parts maker last weekend, a Toyota spokesman said.
SEOUL - South Korean state prosecutors said they were questioning heads of two leading local banks and a former president of a state bank over a loan scandal surrounding insolvent Hanbo Steel Co. They are Sheen Kwang-shik of Korea First Bank, Woo Chan-mok of Cho Hung Bank and Lee Hyung-koo, former chief of the state-run Korea Development Bank.
BOGOTA - At least 20 people have been killed in heavy fighting between the army and leftist rebels in an area just outside the Colombian capital where the fate of dozens of soldiers was unknown, authorities said.
LONDON - Britain is expected to announce that up to 8,000 mainly Indian and Pakistani citizens of Hong Kong can have full British passports, the Daily Telegraph newspaper reported. It said the move recognised concerns raised by Hong Kong Governor Chris Patten that non-Chinese ethnic minorities could be rendered stateless when the colony reverts to China on July 1.
LIMA - Several shots were heard at the site of the besieged Japanese ambassador`s residence in Lima where Marxist rebels hold 72 hostages, local radio reported.
SOFIA - Anti-government protesters kept up nationwide strikes and blockades around Bulgaria on the 30th consecutive day of demonstrations to demand a general election.
MARJAYOUN - Moslem guerrillas fired mortar bombs into 13 pro-Israeli militia outposts but no casualties were reported, pro-Israeli security sources said.
ABU DHABI - United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Zaid bin Sultan al-Nahayan has told Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir the Gulf Arab state is willing to send an envoy to mediate in the conflict in Sudan, the official Emirates news agency WAM reported.
BEIRUT - Lebanon`s military court sentenced 22 Lebanese men to up to 20 years in prison with hard labour for collaborating with Israel and planning attacks on Syrian forces.