ASIA

U.S. Official Meets S. Korean Survivors

NO GUN RI, South Korea--The head of the U.S. Army met yesterday with survivors of an alleged mass killing of refugees by American soldiers during the Korean War and promised a thorough investigation.

Army Secretary Louis Caldera made the pledge when he visited No Gun Ri, a hamlet in central South Korea where survivors say American soldiers killed hundreds of refugees in the first weeks of the Korean War in 1950.

Caldera's first visit to No Gun Ri was part of a U.S. government inquiry. He told a dozen survivors that the United States "is committed to a thorough investigation" alongside South Korean authorities.

Buddhist Does Not Ask India for Asylum

DHARMSALA, India--A teenage Buddhist leader who fled Chinese-ruled Tibet has not asked India for asylum, a member of the Dalai Lama's government in exile said. The 14-year-old Karmapa Lama arrived in Dharmsala on Wednesday after an eight-day trek over the Himalayas.

"We have not applied to the government of India," said K.A. Lontashiwangd, religious affairs minister in the Dalai Lama's administration. "But if the government decided to give asylum, that can be accepted."

The Karmapa Lama's defection is the most significant exodus since the Dalai Lama and tens of thousands of Tibetans departed their homeland after a failed 1959 uprising against Chinese rule. Both China and India have reacted cautiously to the defection.

AFRICA

Yorubas, Police Clash in Nigeria

LAGOS, Nigeria--Police and ethnic Yoruba militants clashed here in Nigeria's commercial capital, leaving at least four dead including one police officer, witnesses and police said.

Residents of the Bariga slum said that fighting began Sunday night after police arrested several members of the Odua People's Congress, which demands greater autonomy for the southwestern Yorubas. The Yorubas are the second largest of more than 200 ethnic groups in Africa's most populous country.

The police have clashed repeatedly in recent months with Odua People's Congress militants, whom authorities have blamed for several outbreaks of ethnic rioting in which more than 100 people have died.

EUROPE

Iranian Official Visits London

LONDON--Iran's Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi and British Prime Minister Tony Blair met in a landmark visit aimed at strengthening a cautious rapprochement between London and Iran's reformist President Mohammed Khatemi.

Kharrazi is the first Iranian minister to visit Britain since the 1979 Islamic Revolution which overthrew Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. "The prime minister was encouraged," a Blair spokesman said after the 30-minute visit. "He believes Kharrazi's visit is an important landmark in Iran's reintegration into the international community."

He said the two men also "discussed the importance of removing misunderstandings and past grievances" between the two countries, including a 1989 fatwa, or religious order, by the late Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini calling for the death of British author Salman Rushdie.

Russian Soldier Shot at U.S. Embassy

MOSCOW--An intruder identified as a Russian soldier broke into the U.S. Embassy compound today and was shot and wounded while trying to steal a car, officials said.

Russian police said two soldiers broke into the embassy and were stopped by a U.S. Marine guard, who opened fire, the Interfax news agency reported. The wounded man was identified as Yevgeny Taynakov, 23.

An embassy spokesman confirmed that an intruder had been wounded, but refused to give details or say if the incident was a shooting involving a Marine guard.

German Party Leader Linked to Donation

BERLIN--The leader of Germany's main opposition party said he received a $52,000 cash donation from an arms dealer in 1994.

Wolfgang Schaeuble, leader of the conservative Christian Democrats, said the cash from Karlheinz Schreiber did not appear in the party's books as a donation but had instead been listed as "special income."

Until now the Christian Democrat funding scandal has centered on former chancellor Helmut Kohl, who acknowledged he had broken the law by accepting secret cash donations to fund the party during his 16 years in power.

THE AMERICAS

Coup Leader Surfaces in Paraguay

BUENOS AIRES--Former Paraguayan coup leader Lino Oviedo, who is wanted in connection with the assassination of the vice president last year, emerged from hiding in Paraguay saying he is protected by "peasants, police and soldiers."

The fugitive former army chief, who has a price on his head, was given political asylum in neighboring Argentina last March after being accused of being responsible for the murder of Vice President Luis Maria Argana.

Oviedo disappeared last month from the remote Patagonian ranch in southern Argentina to which he had been sent by Argentine authorities. He has only reemerged to give brief and enigmatic interviews by satellite phone from secret locations back in Paraguay.

FOR THE RECORD

* TASHKENT, Uzbekistan--President Islam Karimov overwhelmingly won election to a second term in Uzbekistan, a former Soviet republic in Central Asia, results showed.

* TEL AVIV--The Persian Gulf state of Oman has decided to reactivate trade links with Israel in a sign of warmer ties between the Jewish state and the Arab world, an Israeli Foreign Ministry official said.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"If you don't protect your workers, it doesn't matter how good your products are. You are creating a social volcano."

-- Zhou Litai, a Chinese lawyer who defends workers mistreated by their employers --Page A11