ASIA

U.S. Soldier Reportedly Kills Supervisor, Flees

SEOUL, South Korea -- A U.S. military policeman allegedly shot and killed his supervisor today then fled, triggering a search by U.S. and Korean officials, the U.S. Military Command said.

Jacob M. Bowley, a private from the 55th Military Police Company at Camp Red Cloud, north of Seoul, shot and killed a sergeant shortly before 4 a.m., the military said. The victim's identity was being withheld until family members could be notified.

After the attack, the command said Bowley also overpowered a South Korean military policeman, stealing his 9mm pistol and fleeing in a civilian vehicle, which was later recovered. His motives were not immediately known, officials said.

"Bowley is still at large and is assumed to be armed and dangerous," the command's news release said.

EUROPE

Russian Official Says Arms Talks Failed

MOSCOW -- Arms reduction talks between Russia and the United States this week failed because of Washington's insistence on building a missile defense system, a top Russian official charged yesterday.

The three days of consultations in Moscow, which ended Thursday, focused on getting Russia to pass the START II nuclear arms reduction treaty so work can begin on START III, which would further reduce both sides' arsenals. But the talks were overshadowed by a disagreement over U.S. wishes to modify the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty so it can build a limited missile defense.

"There are no results," said Leonid Ivashov, the chief of the Defense Ministry's international cooperation department. Russian military experts "were highly critical of the U.S. plan to dilute the ABM treaty," Ivashov said in remarks quoted by the Interfax news agency.

Sinn Fein May Not Face Exclusion From Talks

BELFAST -- Britain signaled that it would not expel the Irish Republican Army's political arm from a planned review of Northern Ireland's stalled peace accord even if it decides that the IRA has broken a two-year-old cease-fire.

Instead, ahead of an anxiously awaited government verdict on the state of the IRA's truce, Northern Ireland Secretary Marjorie Mowlam hinted that any breach might be penalized by suspension of a scheme for early release of jailed IRA members.

Mowlam has spent this week grappling with the thorny issue of whether the outlawed IRA has broken the truce and, if so, whether sanctions should be imposed on Sinn Fein, its legal political arm.

NATO Troops Seize Suspects in Kosovo

PRISTINA, Yugoslavia -- German troops in Kosovo arrested three suspected war criminals who are accused of killing ethnic Albanians, the NATO-led peacekeeping force for Kosovo said.

The German forces, supported by the Dutch, arrested the three suspects in Orahovac after an investigation lasting several weeks, Maj. Bengt Flykt said. "They were arrested for crimes committed in the spring of 1999 -- that is, killing, looting and arson," he said.

He said the three were being transferred into the custody of the United Nations, which runs Kosovo's civil administration.

THE AMERICAS

Canadian Provincial Leader Investigated

VANCOUVER -- A political firestorm erupted around British Columbia Premier Glen Clark, as authorities revealed he is under criminal investigation and released information about a police raid on his home.

The British Columbia Supreme Court refused Clark's request to quash information contained in a search warrant used by police for the raid in March, which was carried out as part of an investigation of casino licensing and alleged influence peddling.

According to the information released yesterday, a police informant had alleged Clark was offered -- but declined -- a bribe from a friend and neighbor, Dimitrios Pilarinos, who was seeking a license to build a small-stakes casino in a Vancouver suburb. The warrant does not allege criminal activity by Clark.

Mixed Signals on Next Quebec Referendum

SHAWINIGAN, Quebec -- A senior Quebec cabinet minister said the ruling Parti Quebecois may decide against holding a referendum on secession from Canada before its current term ends in November 2003. But he was immediately contradicted by his boss, Lucien Bouchard, the provincial premier, who insisted he planned to hold one before 2001.

The statement by Bernard Landry, deputy premier and finance minister of the mostly French-speaking province of 7.3 million people, nevertheless appeared to indicate the party may be backing off from a third vote on seceding from Canada during its current mandate.

AFRICA

Rwandan Bishop Charged in Genocide

KIGALI, Rwanda -- A Roman Catholic bishop was charged with helping to organize the 1994 Rwandan genocide and murdering a dozen children.

Bishop Augustin Misago did not enter a plea, and the trial was quickly suspended to allow the Kigali Criminal Court to consider complaints made by the defense counsel. Misago, 56, was charged on five counts, including genocide and other crimes against humanity, the creation of armed militia, the massacre of a dozen children and complicity in genocide. He faces the death penalty if found guilty.

THE MIDDLE EAST

Iraq Holding 1st Local Vote Under Hussein

BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Iraq is holding local elections for the first time under the presidency of Saddam Hussein.

More than 10 million Iraqis are eligible to vote in the election, which will elect people's councils in the country's 15 provinces, 82 cities and 132 towns.

The government has kept campaigning to a minimum. Candidates have not been allowed to hold rallies, publish manifestos in the press or speak on television. Candidates had their names -- but nothing more -- published in official newspapers. They were permitted to knock on doors and canvass voters in the street.

FOR THE RECORD

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica -- An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.7 shook Costa Rica, and was felt in neighboring Panama and Nicaragua. There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"For generations we have built a life around the river. Where will we go?"

Madan Kewat, villager whose home is expected to be submerged if India builds another proposed dam on the Narmada River -- Page A13