Ethiopia Police Clash

With Students Again

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia -- Ethiopian security forces beat rock-throwing students protesting against the results of the May 15 parliamentary election that they say was rigged, opposition parties and students said Tuesday.

A second day of demonstrations turned violent after one person was killed in protests Monday at Addis Ababa University. More than 500 people were arrested.

The ruling Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front and police have accused the main opposition group, Coalition for Unity and Democracy, of inciting the students.

The americas

* LA PAZ, Bolivia -- Riot police fired tear gas and clashed with protesters demanding more power for Bolivia's impoverished Indian majority. Meanwhile, an offer by the president to resign failed to halt a crippling blockade in the Bolivian capital.

No injuries were immediately reported. But soldiers were seen taking up posts near the Government Palace downtown as demonstrators scattered through city streets shouting slogans against President Carlos Mesa.

The Middle East

* DAMASCUS, Syria -- Vice President Abdul Halim Khaddam will resign to make way for a younger generation to take power, a Baath Party official said, echoing a theme of the ruling party's congress.

Khaddam, 73, one of two vice presidents, indicated his intentions Monday on the first day of the session, said Ahmed Haj Ali, a Baath Party official.

There has been no official announcement of the resignation.

* ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates -- Iran reassured the United Arab Emirates that its nuclear program was for peaceful purposes despite U.S. pressure on the Islamic republic to give up its ambitions.

Hassan Rohani, Iran's chief nuclear negotiator, was visiting the Emirates as part of a regional tour partly aimed at addressing concerns of pro-U.S., Sunni-led Gulf Arab states that have been wary of Shiite Muslim Iran since the 1979 Islamic revolution.

* AMMAN, Jordan -- An appeals court has overturned the conviction of a Jordanian found guilty of financing Abu Musab Zarqawi's insurgent group in Iraq, according to a ruling obtained by the Associated Press.

The Oct. 31 conviction of Bilal Mansur Hiyari by the military State Security Court "fell short of adequate justifications and causes," the Court of Cassation said in the March 20 ruling.

The United States has accused Hiyari of financing Zarqawi, a fellow Jordanian who leads the most active insurgent group in Iraq.


* KATMANDU, Nepal -- Communist rebels apologized for making a "grave mistake" by bombing a civilian bus in an attack that killed 38 people and injured 72, saying they were targeting government security forces.

-- From News Services