NEW YORK (AP) _ Marcus Eliason, who has covered many of the world's top stories in a 30-year career with The Associated Press abroad, has been named the AP's deputy enterprise editor.

The appointment was announced Tuesday by Enterprise Editor Bruce DeSilva.

Eliason, 51, will work at the news cooperative's headquarters in New York City, helping direct the AP's 25-member national enterprise reporting team.

A native of South Africa, Eliason worked at The Jerusalem Post before joining the AP in 1968 in Tel Aviv, where he later served as news editor and as chief of bureau. His other assignments have been as a newsman in Paris and as news editor in London and Hong Kong.

Eliason has covered several Mideast wars, the anti-apartheid uprising in South Africa, the Northern Ireland troubles, the fall of the Iron Curtain and, most recently, the return of Hong Kong to China.