ASIA

Boy Pulled From Taiwan Quake Debris

DALI, Taiwan--A 6-year-old boy was freed from the rubble of an earthquake-damaged apartment building after being buried with his parents and two sisters for 87 hours. Using their hands to remove concrete and other debris, South Korean and Japanese search-and-rescue teams were able to pull Chang Ching-hung out of the debris after an almost six-hour effort. The boy was reported in stable condition.

The boy's rescue was one of the few bright spots on the fourth day of Taiwan's earthquake catastrophe, which has killed 1,981 people and injured 8,543, the Disaster Management Center said Saturday. The center said 291 remained trapped under rubble and 33 were still missing.

Center officials said they dropped the death toll from Friday's count of 2,188 after discovering that two adjacent counties had reported some of the same people dead.

Typhoon Bart Lets Fly at Japan

TOKYO--Typhoon Bart lashed Japan with driving rains and winds that shattered glass windows, downed power lines, knocked over cranes and killed at least 26 people. Japan's northern island of Hokkaido braced for the storm, which was traveling northeast over the ocean off the western coast of Japan. Packing winds of 67 mph, Bart churned toward Japan's Hokkaido at 31 mph, and was expected to hit the port town of Wakkanai, 675 miles north of Tokyo, according to the Meteorological Agency.

THE MIDDLE EAST

Satire Lands Iranian Students in Jail

TEHRAN--A campus satire aimed at conservative rivals has landed two Iranian students in jail and brought wrath and tears from a senior cleric in the latest skirmish over free speech in the Islamic republic. Student leaders said two classmates at Amir Kabir Technical University, a pro-reform hotbed, were arrested by the secret police for publishing a short play that used religious themes to accuse their opponents of feigning piety for political ends. A statement by the intelligence ministry said the play defamed the 12th Imam, one of the holiest figures in Shiite Islam, and "injured the religious feelings of students and the noble people of Iran."

EUROPE

Former Italian Premier Acquitted

PERUGIA, Italy--Seven-time Italian prime minister Giulio Andreotti was acquitted yesterday of ordering the murder of a journalist in 1979 in a dramatic finale to one of the country's most sensational trials. Giancarlo Orzella, court president in the central city of Perugia, announced to a packed courtroom that Andreotti, 80, had been found innocent of the charges of conspiracy in the murder of scandal-sheet journalist Mino Pecorelli.

The prosecution had alleged Andreotti feared that Pecorelli was about to publish material in the now-defunct OP publication that could have ruined his political career. Andreotti's five co-defendants were also acquitted.

Andreotti is still on trial in the Sicilian capital Palermo on separate Mafia association charges. The verdict in that case is due in late October or early November.

Pinochet Release Request Denied

MADRID--An appeals court rejected a request by Spanish state prosecutors to order the release of former Chilean leader Augusto Pinochet, ruling that a Spanish judge had the right to seek his extradition. Just days before the start of extradition proceedings in London, a three-judge panel upheld a decision by Spain's High Court that Judge Baltasar Garzon has jurisdiction to prosecute Pinochet on human rights charges, court officials said. State prosecutors had contended during court hearings this week that the 83-year-old general, who was arrested last October at Garzon's request, enjoyed immunity as a former head of state.

Anti-Milosevic Protests Draw 30,000

BELGRADE--Demonstrations against Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic drew about 30,000 people in Belgrade, the biggest crowd so far in the latest round of protests. Daily marches since Tuesday have been billed as the start of a marathon of protests bringing hundreds of thousands of people to the streets in cities around the country. Milosevic's opponents hope to channel popular discontent with his autocratic rule into demonstrations such as those that temporarily weakened his grip in late 1996 and early 1997. While some of those protests mobilized more than 100,000 people, the recent demonstrations have been smaller. No more than 20,000 turned out in Belgrade on Tuesday.

Poles Demand Resignation of GovernmentWARSAW--Tens of thousands of protesters marched through Warsaw to demand the resignation of the Polish government, accusing it of impoverishing farmers and destroying the nation's industrial might. The crowds were far fewer than the 100,000 promised by the organizers, who had hoped to stage the biggest anti-government demonstration since the fall of communism in 1989. The protest was headed by radical farm leaders and by Leszek Miller, head of the ex-communist opposition in Parliament, who has called on the deeply unpopular government to quit and hold early elections.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"We will return to East Timor, but we have to fight for it."

-- Binto,

an anti-independence East Timorese militia member who has fled across the border into western Timor.