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Bolivia's President Easily Wins Re-election

Exit polls in Bolivia show that leftist President Evo Morales has earned a second term after easily winning re-election on Sunday.  Bolivian media report that President Morales gained at least 61 percent of the vote, 35 points ahead of his closest challenger, former governor Manfred Reyes. Mr.

Al-Shabab Denies Responsibility for Deadly Bombing

Militant Islamist group al-Shabab has denied responsibility for a deadly suicide blast Thursday that killed at least 22 people, including 3 government ministers and a number of Somalia's educated elite.

Gunmen Attack Rawalpindi Mosque in Pakistan

Police in Pakistan say gunmen attacked a mosque Friday near the country's army headquarters, killing at least 35 people and wounding more than 40 others.  Pakistani state television say authorities still are searching for the attackers. The attack occurred in Rawalpindi, just outside the Pakistani capital Islamabad, at the conclusion of Friday's prayers at the Parade Lane mosque.  Regional police officer Aslam Tareen spoke to reporters shortly after the assault. He says when the prayer leader finished his sermon, two to three attackers entered the mosque's main hall and opened fire on

Soldier Who Shot and Wounded Guinea's Junta Leader Reportedly Arrested

Guinea’s security forces were said to be on high alert Thursday night after renegade soldiers shot and wounded the country's military leader Captain Moussa Dadis Camara. Communication minister Idrissa Cherif reportedly said the junta leader was doing well and that his life was not in danger. Mamadou Dian Balde, a journalist for the Independent newspaper in Guinea’s capital, Conakry said Aboubacar Toumba Diakite, a close aide to President Dadis Camara, is blamed for the attack.  “Mr.

China Sentences 5 More to Death Over Xinjiang Riots

A court in China's western Xinjiang region has announced that five more people have been sentenced to death for murder and other crimes committed during riots in the remote region in July. China's official Xinhua news agency says the Intermediate People's Court of Urumqi also sentenced two others to life in prison. Last month, China announced that nine Uighurs had been executed for taking part in July's ethnic rioting that left nearly 200 people dead. Xinhua did not immediately give the names or the ethnic background of the latest five people to be sentenced to death. Hundreds of p

Deadly Suicide Blast Rips Through Hotel in Somalia

A deadly hotel bombing in Mogadishu has killed at least 19 people, including three Somali Cabinet ministers.  Some reports say the death toll could be higher.  The blast targeted a university graduation ceremony being attended by a number of government officials.   Mogadishu's Shamu Hotel was hosting a graduation ceremony for Banadir University.  Eyewitnesses tell VOA a suicide bomber gained access to the venue dressed as a woman, donning a full abaya and a veil.

Mauritania Launches Mission to Rescue Kidnapped Workers

Mauritanian authorities have launched an operation to find three Spanish aid workers kidnapped by armed gunmen.  Sunday's abduction was the latest in a string of attacks on foreign aid workers and tourists in the West African country. Albert Vilalta, Roque Pascual, and Alicia Gamez were kidnapped by armed men on Sunday, 150 kilometers north of Mauritania's capital Nouakchott.  The Spanish aid workers were in Mauritania with the aid group Barcelona Accion Solidaria. Spain's ambassador to Mauritania Alonso Dezcallar y Mazarredo says Mauritanian authorities are using every possible means to

Suicide Bomber Targets Navy Headquarters in Pakistani Capital

Pakistani police say a suicide bomber blew himself up outside the entrance of the country's navy headquarters in Islamabad Wednesday, killing one security guard and wounding three others. Officials say the attacker walked up to a checkpoint at the entrance of the heavily-guarded complex and detonated his explosives when security forces stopped him. Insurgents in Pakistan have killed hundreds in bombings since military forces launched a major offensive in the South Waziristan tribal region two months ago. Pakistani officials said Tuesday a teenage suicide bomber killed a provincial pol

Islamist Ally Turns on Somalia's al-Shabab

In Somalia, an Islamist faction says it considers its former ally, al-Shabab, to be the greatest threat to the country.  A spokesman for the leader of the Ras Kamboni faction of Hizbul Islam says Hizbul Islam fighters are preparing to challenge al-Shabab in all areas of southern and central Somalia. The spokesman for the leader of the Ras Kamboni Brigade tells VOA the fight against al-Shabab militants, which began in late September in the southern port city of Kismayo, is expected to continue until al-Shabab is ousted from Somalia.  Abdinasir Seraar is the spokesman for Ahmed Madobe, the m