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Buenos Aires Mayor Wins Re-Election

The mayor of Buenos Aires, Argentina has been re-elected in a runoff, defeating the hand-picked candidate of President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.

With about 99 percent of the votes counted from Sunday's election, Mayor Mauricio Macri had 64 percent. Macri is a businessman and former head of a football (soccer) club. He ran against Senator Daniel Filmus, who took 36 percent of the vote and has conceded defeat.

The capital's 2.4 million voters represent nearly 10 percent of the country's voting population.

Turkey’s Entire Military Command Resigns

Turkey's entire military command has resigned. The reason for the mass walk-out was not clear.

Local Turkish media said Friday the head of the armed forces, and the army, naval and air commanders had tendered their resignations to the government.

Relations between Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Islamic-rooted government and the military have been strained.

The government recently arrested and jailed a number of active and retired officers, accusing them of an Internet-based plot to undermine the country's leadership.

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UN Peacekeepers Deployed to Disputed Abyei Region

The top United Nations peacekeeping official says 500 troops have been deployed to the disputed Abyei region, which is claimed by both Sudan and South Sudan.

Alain Le Roy told the Security Council Wednesday that he expects to have up to 1,200 troops in the region by Sunday.

Le Roy says the situation in oil-rich Abyei remains tense. But he says Sudan and South Sudan both appear committed to avoiding an escalation in violence.

The U.N. has authorized a total deployment of 4,200 troops to the region. The U.N. Security Council created the Interim Security Force for Abyei in June.

Burma Democracy Leader Urges Talks to End Ethnic Conflicts

Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has issued what she calls an "earnest appeal" for the government and ethnic groups to begin immediate peace talks.

In an open letter made available to VOA's Burmese service Thursday, Aung San Suu Kyi also says she is prepared to assist the peace process to the best of her ability.

The letter is addressed to President Thein Sein and organizations representing the Kachin, Karen, Mon and Shan ethnic minorities. Government forces have been waging a military offensive against strongholds of the ethnic armies for the last several weeks.

Persecution of Degar Montagnards - Machete Attacks


Rights Group: Zimbabwe Police Arrest 13 Demonstrators

A Zimbabwean rights group says police have arrested 13 of its members who accused authorities of harassing opponents of President Robert Mugabe.

Stendrick Zvorwadza with Restoration of Human Rights says the members were detained while protesting outside a court in the capital, Harare, on Wednesday.

The protesters had gathered at the site to press for the release of seven members of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's MDC party.

The MDC is in a tense power-sharing government with President Mugabe's ZANU-PF party.

North Korea Seen Conducting Large-Scale Military Drill Soon

Reports from South Korea indicate a large-scale military exercise by North Korea appears to be imminent.

South Korean government sources say, based on information from intelligence teams, North Korea appears poised for a rare, large-scale military drill.

Government officials, who do not want to be named, say they are “observing closely” North Korean positions. But they say there are no indications the massing of military personnel appears to be anything more than a drill.

Chavez Set on 2012 Re-Election Bid Despite Cancer

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says in a new interview that he will seek another six-year term next year even as he struggles to overcome cancer.

President Chavez made the remark in an interview published Monday in the government newspaper Correo del Orinoco. The president said he has not thought for a moment about leaving his post and that he would have left the job if he had valid health reasons to do so. Mr. Chavez said he is pursuing his candidacy with more strength than before.

South Sudan Accuses Khartoum of 'Economic War'

South Sudan has accused Sudan of launching an "economic war" by issuing a new currency less than three weeks after the two countries split.

Khartoum began circulating the new Sudanese pound on Sunday, less than a week after newly independent South Sudan introduced its own currency.

Speaking Monday in South Sudan's capital of Juba, the country's top negotiator Pagan Amum said the north violated an agreement by issuing its new currency so soon.

Argentine President's Candidate Loses Provincial Governorship

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez suffered an electoral setback Sunday when her candidate finished in third place in the race for governor of Santa Fe province. Argentina's Socialist Party appeared set to retain the governorship.

Santa Fe is an agricultural hub and politically a Socialist stronghold.

National opinion polls indicate President Fernandez has a wide lead over rivals three months before general elections. Opponents hope poor showings in provincial elections will create a closer election result.

Serbia Hands Hadzic to War Crimes Tribunal

Serbia has extradited the former leader of Croatia's ethnic Serbs, Goran Hadzic, to the U.N. war crimes tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands.

Serbia's justice minister made the announcement on Friday. Hadzic's lawyer, Toma Fila, told reporters a day earlier in Belgrade that his client had waived the right to appeal extradition.

India Announces Successful Test-Firing of New Missile

The Indian government says its military has successfully carried out the first test-firing of a new quick-reaction, short-range missile.

The spokesman for India's Defense Research and Development Organization said the test-firing occurred Thursday morning off the coast of the country's eastern state of Orissa.

The surface-to-surface “Prahaar” missile is capable of carrying different types of warheads and has a range of 150 kilometers. The missile can be launched from a road mobile system in a salvo of six missiles at a time.

8 Killed in Malawi Anti-Government Protests

Malawi's president has appealed for calm after at least eight people were killed in clashes between police and anti-government protesters.

President Bingu wa Mutharika addressed the nation by radio Thursday, saying he is willing to sit down and talk with opponents.

Violent protests erupted Wednesday in the country's three largest cities: Blantyre, Mzuzu, and the capital, Lilongwe. Officials say the deaths took place in Mzuzu as police battled demonstrators.

Witnesses say rioters looted shops and set fires during the protests, and that police fired tear gas.

China Says 14 Uighurs Were Killed in Police Station Assault

Chinese authorities say police killed 14 people during a battle with Uighur protesters who seized a police station and took hostages in western Xinjiang region this week.

The number was made public Wednesday in the first detailed account of Monday's incident. Officials previously announced only the deaths of two security officers and two hostages.

A Uighur exile group based in Geneva offered a much different account of the incident, saying police gunned down 20 peaceful protesters in a nearby market. The group urges that official Chinese accounts be viewed with "extreme skepticism."

Chile: Investigation Confirms Allende's Death a Suicide

A scientific investigation in Chile has confirmed that President Salvador Allende committed suicide during the September 11, 1973 coup that brought dictator General Augusto Pinochet to power.