2 U.N. observers missing in Congo BUNIA, Congo - The United Nations appealed to church leaders in northeastern Congo on Saturday to help find two missing agency military observers, after a cease-fire aimed at ending several days of tribal fighting in the area took hold.
There have been reports that the unarmed observers - one Jordanian, the other Nigerian - were killed in the fighting between the rival Lendu and Hema tribes, said Col. Daniel Vollot, commander of the U.N. forces in the region.
"But I don't want to believe that," he said.
The clashes, which have killed at least 100 people, began last week after Uganda withdrew 6,000 troops from Congo's resource-rich Ituri region and its capital, Bunia. The cease-fire was signed Friday and the United Nations is trying to assemble a peacekeeping force to augment more than 750 U.N. soldiers from Uruguay already there.
Efforts to find the two U.N. observers were delayed because it was unclear which tribal faction controlled the town of Mongbwalu, a gold mining center near Bunia where the two men were last seen Tuesday.
Ruler says Saudis won't allow terrorism JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia - Fearful of new bombings, foreigners kept off the streets in this western Saudi Arabian city Saturday, and the kingdom's ruler vowed that terrorists would not be tolerated.
Saudi Arabia will "will never allow any faction of deviated terrorists to harm the country and undermine the safety of its citizens and residents," King Fahd said in his first public comments on the Riyadh attacks that killed 34 people, including eight Americans, Monday.
U.S. officials had warned of possible strikes in Jiddah and a coordinated effort by Saudi-born Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida terrorist network to strike lightly defended targets worldwide.
Foreigners in Jiddah kept away from crowded areas.
Businessmen also said they were worried the Riyadh attacks will change the way companies do business in the kingdom.
"Of course we are worried and we are very concerned, especially from a business point of view. Saudis are very good to do business with, but they will have to get rid of this terrorism," said Swiss businessman Henry Gugsell, 54.
Philippine leader OKs bombing, artillery raids MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine president authorized the military Saturday to use bombing and artillery attacks on terrorist cells in the southern region of Mindanao.
In a live television address just hours before leaving for a visit to the United States, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo said local governments had been warned of possible terrorist reprisals and relief agencies were on alert.
Arroyo did not name the targeted groups, but communist guerrillas, the separatist Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the Abu Sayyaf militant group are all active in the region.
The Abu Sayyaf have kidnapped Americans and are the target of a U.S.-backed counterterrorism operation.
"Today I authorize the Armed Forces of the Philippines to employ selective aerial and artillery attacks to dislodge embedded terrorist cells that have attacked hapless civilian communities and murdered scores of innocent Filipinos in Mindanao," Arroyo said.
Arroyo said the "extraordinary punitive force" was to show her government's determination "to bring terrorists to justice."
Tour bus accident kills 28 in France LYON, France - A sleek, double-decker German tour bus crashed through a guardrail on a rain-swept French highway, plunged down an embankment and flipped onto its roof early Saturday, killing at least 28 of the 74 people on board.
Ambulances and helicopters rushed the injured to hospitals.
At least six of the injured were in serious condition, said Col. Serge Delaigue, the regional director of fire rescue services. The bus carried 72 passengers and two drivers.
One driver was confirmed dead. Nearly everyone on board was believed to be German, with some passengers having won the trip as a contest prize. The bus had taken on passengers in Cologne and Hanover.
Copyright 2003 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.