ARRESTED. ANIRUDDHA BAHAL, Indian journalist with the prominent Tehelka website, which last year exposed a government bribery scandal; by the Central Bureau of Investigation on charges of assaulting a federal officer; in New Delhi. Released on bail after several hours, Bahal's arrest comes amid allegations of a media crackdown by the government of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, in which several journalists have been detained or harassed.
SENTENCED. FRANCISCO MUGICA and JOSE MARIA ARREGUI, high-ranking members of the Basque separatist group ETA; to a combined 743 years in prison for planning a 1987 attack on a bus carrying military personnel outside the northeastern city of Zaragoza; in Madrid. The men were arrested in the south of France in 1992 and extradited to Spain in 2000. The ambush killed two and injured 44.
SENTENCED. LI DAWEI, 40, a former policeman in China's northwestern Gansu province; to 11 years in prison for using the Internet to access "antirevolutionary" material; in Tianshui. Arrested in April and currently appealing in the provincial supreme court, Li was accused of downloading and printing some 500 "reactionary" documents, the first person in the country convicted on such charges.
SENTENCED. EZAM MOHAMAD NOOR, 35, youth leader of Malaysia's National Justice Party and former aide to jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim; to two years in prison on charges of leaking state secrets; in Kuala Lumpur. Ezam's conviction was criticized by human-rights groups.
XELECTED. GONZALO SANCHEZ DE LOZADA, 72, to the presidency of Bolivia; in La Paz. Lozada garnered the most votes in the race, the closest in the nation's history, but fell short of the required majority and was subsequently installed as President by a vote of Congress.
APPOINTED. CHANG DAE-WHAN, 50, as Prime Minister of South Korea after being chosen by President Kim Dae Jung; in Seoul. Chang is the president and publisher of the Maeil Business newspaper, the country's largest economics daily, and was tapped for the largely ceremonial role after Kim's original choice was vetoed earlier this month. Chang now faces confirmation hearings in an opposition-controlled parliament.
DIED. TRAN DO, 78, a general in the North Vietnamese army and former head of the Communist Party's ideology and culture department, who became one of the country's most prominent dissidents; in Hanoi. Do had been under surveillance since 1999, when he was expelled from the party for advocating that it relinquish its monopoly on power.