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Turkey Says Bashir to Skip OIC Summit

Turkish officials say Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir will not attend a summit of Islamic leaders in Istanbul Monday. Turkey said last week that Mr.

Zimbabwe Commercial Farmers Union Sounds Alarm on Takeover Violence

Zimbabwe's Commercial Farmers Union on Friday said there has been a significant increase in violence against the country's remaining white commercial farmers as the Office of the Attorney General has fast-tracked enforcement of farm takeovers. CFU President Deon Theron says that although farm invasions have been taking place since 2000, the latest round has of officially sanctioned takeovers been more vicious.

US Disappointed at Breakdown in Honduras Political Talks

The United States Friday expressed disappointment that efforts to resolve the four-month-long political crisis in Honduras have hit another roadblock.

Zelaya Aide Says Honduran Agreement Has Failed

An aide to ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya says a deal designed to end the country's political crisis has failed, after interim leader Roberto Micheletti announced the formation of a new cabinet. Mr. Micheletti said late Thursday he is installing a national unity government without the participation of  Mr. Zelaya, who has declined to name any cabinet members. The two signed an agreement last week to resolve the four-month political standoff.  A new government was set to begin Thursday. Mr.

Thailand-Cambodia Tensions Rise Over Appointment of Fugitive Thai Official

Tensions between Southeast Asian neighbors Thailand and Cambodia are high after Cambodia's leader appointed a fugitive former Thai prime minister as an advisor. Both countries have withdrawn their ambassadors and claim interference in their internal affairs. Regional political analysts say relations between Bangkok and Phnom Penh are the worst they have been in several years.

Zimbabwe's Tsvangirai Announces End of Government Boycott

Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai says his party has ended its partial boycott of the power sharing government and has given President Robert Mugabe one month to resolve outstanding disputes in the coalition. Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai made the announcement at the end of a summit of the politics and security organ of the Southern African Development Community. The members of the group, the heads-of-state of Mozambique, Zambia and Swaziland, concluded the summit in Mozambique by urging the parties in Zimbabwe's unity government to reconcile th

Pakistan Arrests Three Suspects in Iranian Bombing

Pakistani officials have announced the arrests of three Iranians in connection with a suicide attack last month in southeastern Iran that killed 42 people. Security officials say the suspects were arrested Thursday in Pakistan's Balochistan province on the Iranian border. A Sunni rebel group that operates in Pakistan, Jundollah (God's Soldiers), has claimed responsibility for the attack in Iran's Sistan-Baluchistan province. Iranian officials have accused Pakistan of supporting the rebel group, raising tensions between the two neighbors.

Holloman Airman killed in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. (AFNS) -- An Airman with the 49th Fighter Squadron here died in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico on Nov. 4. Base officials here identified the Airman as Staff Sgt. David Booher. The incident is currently under investigation by the Mexican State Police.

War Crimes Court to Appoint Lawyer for Karadzic

A U.N. tribunal has ruled that former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic will be appointed a lawyer for his war crimes trial. Judges at the tribunal ruled Thursday the lawyer will represent Karadzic whenever he fails to appear in court. They also ruled that his trial before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia will resume on March 1, 2010.