AFRICA

Tanzanians Plan Nyerere's Burial

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania--Former President Julius Nyerere will be buried in the village of his birth after a week of ceremonies allowing Tanzanians and world leaders to pay their last respects to Africa's revered elder statesman, a government official said yesterday.

Nyerere, who died Thursday in London of leukemia, will be laid to rest Oct. 23 in Butiama village in northwestern Tanzania. A state funeral was scheduled for Thursday after his body lies in state in the National Stadium, said Geoffrey Nkurlu, President Benjamin Mkapa's spokesman.

S. Africa Amnesties 9 Former Policemen

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa--A South African panel probing apartheid-era abuses granted amnesty to nine former policemen, including the leader of an assassination unit, for the bombing of the London offices of the African National Congress (ANC).

Gen. Johann Coetzee, who commanded the apartheid police and who was among those receiving amnesty, testified last year that the 1982 bombing was meant to "demonstrate to the British government that there were serious risks involved in continuing to allow the ANC to operate from the United Kingdom."

ASIA

3 Militants Killed in E. Timor Shootout

DILI, East Timor--Peacekeepers clashed with anti-independence militants on East Timor today, killing three of the militamen and wounding three others, peacekeeping officials said.

No one in the international force was injured in the clash near Marko, a village about 10 miles from Indonesian-controlled western Timor, said peacekeeping spokesman Col. Mark Kelly.

It was the peacekeepers' bloodiest clash so far since the Australian-led force was deployed on the embattled Indonesian island Sept. 20 to stop a rampage by the Indonesian army-supported militias after the territory voted for independence.

Chinese Detain Dissidents' Relatives

BEIJING--Chinese police detained relatives of two Chinese dissidents, Wang Dan and Wei Jingsheng, who were rumored to be Nobel Peace Prize nominees.

As the world awaited the announcement of the 1999 award--which went to Doctors Without Borders--police forced their way into the home of Wang Dan's parents. Wang's mother, Wang Lingyun, was taken away about a half-hour before the prize was announced, according to Cheuk Kwan, a spokesman for Wang Dan in Boston. Mrs. Wang, reached by telephone later, said, "It's past now," and did not want to say much more.

Kwan said police also detained Wei's brother, Wei Yaotao.

Japanese Undercounted Nuclear Victims

TOKYO--Officials undercounted the number of people exposed to radiation in Japan's worst-ever nuclear accident, with the new tally totaling 69, the government said.

The mistake, which overlooked 20 exposed people, reinforced the image of a nuclear industry plagued by slipshod safety measures that has wrecked public trust since the Sept. 30 accident at a uranium-processing facility.

EUROPE Final 2 U.N. Observers Freed in Georgia

TBILISI, Georgia--United Nations military observers were flown to safety after being held hostage for a day and a night in a remote part of Georgia. Jorgen Oberg, a Swede, told television cameras in the remote Kodori gorge after his release that he was well treated by the kidnappers and is unaware of any ransom being paid for his release. He and a Greek, Georgios Kapranos, were released yesterday. Four other U.N observers were released late Thursday.

Ethnic Albanians Storm Bridge in Kosovo

KOSOVSKA MITROVICA, Yugoslavia--In a shower of stones, tear gas and percussion grenades, French-led troops and foreign police drove back hundreds of ethnic Albanians trying to storm across a bridge to the Serb side of this Kosovo town.

More than 100 people were injured, none seriously, in the two-hour melee, the most violent clash here in a month, NATO officials said.

Police Arrest 1975 Terrorism Suspect

FRANKFURT--A man suspected of involvement in the 1975 kidnapping and murder of OPEC officials in a raid on the organization's Vienna headquarters has been arrested, German state prosecutors said.

The 56-year-old German, identified only as Rudolf F., is suspected of being an accomplice of jailed guerrilla Illich Ramirez Sanchez, or "Carlos the Jackal," who masterminded the pro-Palestinian raid. The kidnappers escaped Vienna by plane to Algiers with 11 OPEC ministers as hostages. The ministers were released when the flight reached the Algerian capital.

Russia's Stock Market Watchdog Resigns

MOSCOW--Russia's top stock market regulator, Dmitri Vasilyev, resigned, acknowledging that the young Russian securities commission had been unable to stop the trampling of shareholder rights in several high-profile cases.

He said he was resigning for personal reasons, but he noted that he was stepping down just as investors appear to be under fire in several test cases of shareholder rights.

Vasilyev, 37, who was once a deputy to Anatoly Chubais, a former finance minister and the architect of Russia's controversial privatization program, said he intends to start a consulting company to carry on the fight for shareholder rights.

Russian Court Thwarts Yeltsin in Probe MOSCOW--A Moscow court dealt a further blow to President Boris Yeltsin's attempt to fire Russia's top prosecutor, who says he was suspended for probing corruption.

Moscow city court upheld a lower court's ruling that an investigation into Yuri Skuratov was "illegal and groundless." But Yeltsin said he would hold his ground and not repeal a seven-month-old decree suspending the official.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"It has been a fight against narrow-mindedness and ruthlessness, torture, oppression and gross violations of human rights."

--Bernard Kouchner, a founder of Doctors Without Borders on its being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.