ADDIS ABABA - A witness in the trial of Ethiopia`s former Marxist leaders told how the military junta sold the bodies of its murdered victims back to their families.
LONDON - Sony Music will soon complete a multi-million pound deal with British record label Independiente, a British newspaper said.
UNITED NATIONS - Iraq complained that food supplies under an "oil-for-food" plan were taking too long to arrive while U.N. sources said Baghdad was hindering operations on the ground.
WASHINGTON - American Airlines and its pilots resumed negotiations to try to avert a strike set for midnight Friday that would shut down the nation`s second largest carrier and strand hundreds of thousands of passengers worldwide.
BEIJING - Chinese police have arrested the suspected ringleader of a riot in the mainly Moslem northwestern region of Xinjiang last week that left at least 10 people dead and 144 injured, local officials said.
BUKAVU, Zaire - Rebel leader Laurent Kabila said his forces had captured the north-western town of Isiro after heavy fighting, and were moving towards Buta, 450 km (280 miles) east of Gbadolite, the jungle palace of Zaire`s ailing President Mobutu Sese Seko.
BELGRADE - Serbian opposition won a gratifying victory when the parliament reinstated its local election victories but, sceptical of President Slobodan Milosevic`s goodwill, signalled more protests.
CALCUTTA - Tribal guerrillas killed 17 people and wounded 20 in an attack on an Indian village, stepping up their fight for a separate nation in the remote northeast, authorities said.
TOKYO - The U.S. military`s accidental firing of uranium-tipped bullets near Okinawa could cause "fissures" in relations with Japan, chief government spokesman Seiroku Kajiyama said.
JOHANNESBURG - One prisoner was killed and several were wounded on Wednesday when police and warders stormed cells where one of South Africa`s most notorious criminals was holding five hostages, a prison spokesman said.
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is considering a trip to India and Pakistan, which would be the first substantive visit to those countries by a U.S. secretary of state in 14 years, U.S. officials said.
HAMILTON, New Zealand - Stephen Anderson, 22, was charged with six counts of murder and eight counts of attempted murder in the Hamilton District Court in a weekend shotgun shooting massacre that shocked New Zealand. The dead included Anderson`s father.
BONN - Germany`s opposition Social Democrats (SPD) said they had postponed a visit of parliamentary deputies to Iran scheduled for the end of the week, but gave no reasons for the decision.
DUBAI - Saudi Arabia`s defence minister denied reports he was travelling to the United States to clinch a military aircraft deal, saying his visit was designed to discuss regional issues with the new administration.