ATHENS - Greece's all-party coalition government was dissolved Monday and a caretaker government formed that is to hold general elections in April, the third in nine months. The government's collapse resulted from the inability of the major party leaders to agree on key issues and from the need to allow more time for Parliament's election of a president, a process that must be completed before the elections. French offer Lebanon help
BEIRUT, Lebanon - France has offered to send troops to Lebanon's Christian enclave in an attempt to avert intervention by the Syrian army and to stop fighting that has killed 450 people, Arab diplomats said on Monday. The envoys said that France had sent signals to Christian leaders about its readiness to dispatch military units to work as a peacekeeping force and disengage the fighting Christian factions, led by Gen. Michel Aoun and Samir Geagea.
East Berlin mayor to quit
BERLIN - East Berlin Mayor Erhard Krack, whose handshake with his Western counterpart last November symbolized the historic crumbling of the Berlin Wall, said Monday he plans to quit. The official East German news agency ADN said Krack decided to resign following a furor over allegations of election fraud during municipal balloting last May.
Krack and West Berlin Mayor Walter Momper shook hands Nov. 12 minutes after a new opening had been cut in the Berlin Wall.
Turkey reopens river dam
ANKARA, Turkey - Turkey opened sluice gates of the huge Ataturk Dam on Monday, allowing Euphrates River water to flow south to Syria and Iraq.
Turkey diverted the river's main flow Jan. 13 to increase the water level in the Ataturk reservoir and finish some construction work on diversion channels. Iraq and Syria protested that their agricultural land might be damaged and their electricity production reduced.
Poles end Russian study rule
WARSAW, Poland - Polish students no longer will be required to study Russian and emphasis will shift to Western languages, the Education Ministry said Monday. Russian will continue to be offered after the rules change in September and could remain prominent in the curriculum because Poland has many teachers of Russian and many fewer qualified in other tongues, the official news agency PAP reported.
Fire guts Savoy Theater
LONDON - Fire gutted the historic Savoy Theater before dawn Monday, and the adjacent Savoy Hotel was evacuated as a precaution. There were no injuries. Investigators examined the theater to determine the cause, but police said they did not believe the fire was suspicious. The theater had not been staging a production at the time. Fire authorities said 60 percent of the 109-year-old theater in central London was ablaze when firefighters arrived. The theater was built by Gilbert and Sullivan impresario Richard D'Oyly Carte in 1881.
Church service on Cuban TV
HAVANA, Cuba - Cuban state television carried a rare news broadcast of a church service, a sign of improving relations between the government and religious institutions, Cuban Methodist pastor Armando Rodriguez said Monday. The three-minute report of the service in a Havana Methodist church was broadcast on prime-time television news Sunday night.
Voodoo cultist dies of AIDS
MEXICO CITY - A member of a voodoo cult linked last year to the murders of at least 15 people, including American college student Mark Kilroy, died Monday of AIDS in a Mexico City prison hospital, the domestic news agency Excelsior reported, quoting local prison officials. Omar Fransciso Orea was arrested last May with four others linked to a drug-trafficking voodoo cult that police said killed 15 people and buried them on a ranch near Matamoros, across the U.S.-Mexico border from Brownsville, Texas.
Mongolia broadcasts unrest
BEIJING - Mongolia has allowed television to broadcast for the first time the demands of a democracy movement seeking to end the communist party's monopoly on power. Residents of the capital, Ulan Bator, said Monday that state television had shown leaders of the Mongolian Democratic Association (MDA) addressing a rally Sunday and demanding concessions from their communist rulers.
Brazil plane hits car, kills 2
SAO PAULO, Brazil - A Brazilian passenger plane with 39 people on board crashed in Sao Paulo state Monday, reportedly hitting several houses and killing a woman and her 4-year-old daughter traveling in a car, police said. The commuter airline TAM said most of the 36 passengers and three crew escaped without injury when the Fokker F-27 crashed near the airport of Bauru, 200 miles northwest of Sao Paulo.
U.N. report criticizes China
GENEVA - Thousands of people remain in prison eight months after China's army crushed the pro-democracy movement, and authorities continue to carry out arrests, torture and executions, a U.N. document alleged Monday. The allegations appear in reports included in the document given the Human Rights Commission by U.N. Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar. The commission is to consider human rights in China during its current six-week session, which began Jan. 29.
PARIS - International aid donors pledged $27-million to help African entrepreneurs get their businesses off the ground. The Africa Project Development Facility was set up by the United Nations Development Program in 1986 to expand private enterprise in sub-Saharan Africa.
OTTAWA - Most Canadians fear they are headed into a recession and that simmering language tensions are threatening national unity, a poll conducted for the Globe and Mail newspaper and Canadian Broadcasting Corp said.
JERUSALEM - Israeli-backed militiamen shot and killed three suspected guerrillas in south Lebanon, Israeli military sources said. One soldier from the South Lebanon Army militia was slightly wounded in the incident, said the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity.