Sudan, Rebels Agree

To Cease-Fire Monitors

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia -- Sudan's government and the two main rebel groups fighting in Darfur agreed Friday to allow international observers to monitor a cease-fire, as reports emerged of a fresh aerial attack in western Sudan.

Witnesses said that 12 people were killed when an Antonov plane and helicopters bombed the village of Tabit , about 25 miles southwest of Fashir, the capital of Northern Darfur province, on market day.

A Fashir airport official dismissed reports of the attack, which would violate the cease-fire deal reached between the government and two main western rebel groups in April.


* PODGORICA, Serbia and Montenegro -- Gunmen shot dead the editor of a conservative daily in Montenegro, witnesses and an investigative judge said.

The assailants used an automatic rifle to shoot Dusko Jovanovic, editor in chief of the Podgorica-based Dan daily, as he entered his car in front of the paper's main office, witnesses and investigative judge Radomir Ivanovic said.

Jovanovic was indicted last year after revealing the name of a secret witness in the trial of former Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic, according to the Yugoslavia war crimes tribunal in The Hague.

* LONDON -- U.S. investigators seeking the extradition of a radical Muslim cleric to face terror-related charges have evidence that was unavailable to British officials, a government minister said.

Police in London arrested Abu Hamza Masri on Thursday after an American extradition request. He is accused in an 11-count indictment of trying to establish a terrorist training camp in Oregon while providing aid to both al Qaeda and the Taliban

* MOSCOW -- After more than seven months in prison, Russia's richest man, oil magnate Mikhail Khodorkovsky, appeared in a Moscow court. Khodorkovsky faces more than 10 years in prison on fraud and tax evasion charges.


* TOKYO -- A third charred body was discovered near where a rocket-propelled grenade attack was said to have killed two Japanese freelance journalists south of Baghdad, the Japanese Foreign Ministry said Saturday.

The director of a hospital in Mahmudiyayah said that two badly burned bodies were brought into the hospital Friday and were identified by their Iraqi driver as Japanese journalists.

* ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan has successfully test-fired a ballistic missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads, a military spokesman said on Saturday.

The test of the Ghauri (Hatf V) missile came just a few days after a new government took office in India.

The Americas

* KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Deposed Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide will leave Jamaica Sunday for exile in South Africa, his spokesman said.

Aristide left Haiti during an armed revolt on Feb. 29 and was flown to the Central African Republic on a flight arranged by the United States.

* CARACAS, Venezuela -- Opponents of President Hugo Chavez turned out to reconfirm disputed pro-referendum signatures in their last chance to secure an August recall vote against the populist leader.

Early rain and bureaucratic hitches meant the three-day signature verification operation got off to a slow start in some of the 2,600 voting centers.


KINSHASA, Congo -- Hundreds of U.N. peacekeepers patrolled Congo's eastern border town of Bukavu to quell fighting between rival army factions as refugees fled into neighboring Rwanda.

-- From News Services