In Sydney, Cheney Expresses Wariness on N. Korean DealSYDNEY --Vice President Cheney said Friday that he is wary about North Korea's willingness to abide by an agreement to end its nuclear program and warned China against a military buildup that is "not consistent" with maintaining peace in the region. "We go into this deal with our eyes open," Cheney said about the North Korea agreement, which calls for it to shut down its reactor and submit to international inspections in exchange for aid. "The regime in Pyongyang has much to prove. Bush has said he was pleased with the deal.

In a speech in Sydney before the Australian American Leadership Dialogue, Cheney cited China's "important role" in the six-party talks that led to the accord with North Korea. He warned, though, that other actions by the Chinese government send "a different message" about its intentions.

"Last month's antisatellite test, and China's fast-paced military buildup, are less constructive and are not consistent with China's stated goal of a 'peaceful rise,' " he said.


· MOGADISHU, Somalia --Extremists in Somalia threatened Thursday to carry out suicide attacks against African Union peacekeepers who are to begin deploying Friday, and the capital's international airport came under mortar fire.

At least two mortar rounds exploded near the runway but caused no damage or injuries, the airport director said.

A video posting on an Islamic Web site showed a man reading from a statement by a newly formed group known as the Popular Resistance Movement in the Land of the Two Migrations. "We promise we shall welcome them with bullets from heavy guns, exploding cars and young men eager to carry out martyrdom operations against these colonial forces," he said.

THE AMERICAS · GUATEMALA CITY --A top police official and three other officers were arrested Thursday in the killings of three members of the Central American Parliament, including the son of the reputed founder of El Salvador's death squads. Among those arrested was Luis Arturo Herrera, head of the Guatemalan National Police organized crime unit, said Interior Minister Carlos Vielman.

· BOGOTA, Colombia --A former director of the secret police under President Álvaro Uribe was arrested on charges of murder and collaborating with the country's illegal far-right militias, his attorney said.


· DUBAI, United Arab Emirates --New York-based Human Rights Watch said Saudi Arabia violated international law when it ordered the beheadings this week of four Sri Lankan robbers and then left their headless bodies on public display in capital Riyadh.

EUROPE · OSLO --Representatives from 48 nations launched a global effort to ban the use, production and stockpiling of cluster bombs by the end of next year despite the opposition of the United States, China and Russia.


· ISLAMABAD, Pakistan --Pakistan on Friday successfully test-fired a nuclear-capable, surface-to-surface ballistic missile with a range of 1,250 miles, the military said.

-- From News Services