CAIRO - A Sudan opposition commander said that his forces had killed 91 government soldiers in an attack on a Sudan army garrison near the Ethiopian border.
N'DJAMENA - Chad said four French nationals abducted in the Central African state were in rebel hands and vowed to bring the kidnappers to trial.
MOGADISHU - A police colonel was shot dead by gunmen who stormed the airport at Kismayu in southern Somalia in a local factional dispute.
NAKURU, Kenya - U.S. civil rights leader Jesse Jackson, now a presidential envoy for Africa, expressed shock and horror when he met victims of ethnic violence in a hospital in Kenya's Nakuru.
MUNICH, Germany - U.S. Defence Secretary William Cohen ordered 19 combat planes and 23 support aircraft to join the U.S. force gathered in case Washington decides to attack Iraq.
ISLAMABAD - Afghanistan's Taleban militia said that 4,500 people were killed by a devastating mid-week earthquake in a northern province and accused its foes of bombing the area after the disaster.
AJACCIO, Corsica - Two men were held for questioning after France's government official on Corsica was shot dead.
MARJAYOUN, Lebanon - One Israeli soldier was killed and seven were wounded when Hizbollah guerrillas attacked their patrol deep inside the Jewish state's south Lebanon occupation zone.
KUWAIT - Kuwait, fearing Iraqi attacks and possible use of chemical weapons, called up its reserve force of some 24,000 troops night.
ROME - Italian investigators confiscated data from two flight recorders in a U.S. warplane that caused cablecar disaster in the Dolomites in which 20 people were killed.
CARACAS - Asia's financial meltdown and its global repercussions dominated opening talks at a three-day meeting of the Group of 24 developing countries in Caracas.
LAGOS - Four of Nigeria's five registered political parties may propose adopting military ruler General Sani Abacha as a "consensus candidate" in August presidential elections.
SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS, Mexico - Mexican prosecutors Arrested five more people in connection with the massacre on Dec. 22 of 45 Indians in the state of Chiapas.
BEIJING - A U.S.-based Chinese dissident has been seized by security police after sneaking into China to help set up a political party to challenge Communist rule.
BAGHDAD - Iraq's Deputy Prime Minister Tareq Aziz held two meetings with Russian envoy Viktor Posuvalyuk and spoke to U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan by telephone about the crisis over U.N. arms inspectors.
WASHINGTON - President Bill Clinton sought to remain "above the fray" of the sex scandal besieging him while the independent counsel leading the investigation readied for legal challenges on two fronts.
COLOMBO - Heavy fighting was reported in Sri Lanka's northern battlegrounds as Tamil Tiger rebels mounted counter-attacks on government troops who were trying to recapture positions earlier seized by the guerrillas.
PARIS - A bomb killed four people in a coastal area of Algeria and security forces killed 16 Moslem guerrillas.
LONDON - Over 30 Chinese seamen were missing after their ship sank in the South China Sea.
MANILA - A search team found the cockpit voice recorder from a wrecked Philippine DC-9 which may yield clues to why it crashed killing all 104 people aboard.