Chinese police arrested 130 Christians, three of them US missionaries, from a banned church, the Hong Kong-based human rights agency reported. It said the China Fang-cheng Church, an evangelical group with 500,000 members, was one of at least 14 Chinese Christian sects banned by Communist authorities and declared to be "evil cults" - a label they've also applied to the Falun Gong movement. But meanwhile, the head of the official Chinese Catholic Association, who was visiting the US, described religion in China as entering a "golden age," the official China Daily reported.
Financial markets in Indonesia plummeted more than 4.1 percent in response to President Abdurrahman Wahid's new Cabinet selections, which were announced Wednesday. Wahid had promised a reshuffle after heavy criticism of his leadership performance, but politicians and analysts complained that most key positions were handed to political allies and retired generals. Vice President Megawati Sukarnoputri, who didn't attend the Cabinet announcement, denied rumors she would resign because her party had little representation in the new lineup.
UN peacekeepers must be able to confront aggressors with effective force, a commissioned panel concluded. The panel was appointed after highly critical reports on the UN role in the 1994 Rwanda genocide and the 1995 massacre of thousands of Bosnian Muslims in Srebrenica. The panel's report is expected to be a focal point of the Millennium Summit Sept. 6-8, when some 150 world leaders are to meet at UN headquarters in New York.