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In Nigeria, Court Ruling Calls Week-end Election into Question

In Nigeria, there’s speculation that the gubernatorial elections set for Saturday in Anambra State may be called off.  Yesterday, the Federal High Court in Lagos ruled that the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) is not competent to conduct or organize the poll.

Shi'ites Targeted by Bombings in Karachi

Two bomb explosions in southern Pakistan have left at least 25 people dead and wounded scores of others. Police have yet to determine whether one of the attacks was the work of a suicide bomber.

10 American Missionaries in Haiti Charged with Kidnapping and Criminal Association

Haitian authorities have charged 10 American missionaries with child kidnapping and criminal association for allegedly trying to take 33 Haitian children out of the country illegally. Haiti's government has suggested the case could be transferred to the United States but, for the moment, the ten have been returned to a jail in the capital Port-au-Prince where they have been held since their arrest last Friday.

Pakistan Arrests 35 for Bombing of US Troops

Pakistani officials say they have arrested 35 people in connection with the suicide car bombing Tuesday that killed three American military trainers and four Pakistanis in northwest Pakistan. Police official Naeem Khan said Thursday that Pakistani police are questioning the suspects to determine who orchestrated the attack in Lower Dir district. A spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility. Three of the Pakistani victims were schoolgirls, and the fourth was a local soldier.

Zimbabwe Prepares for Food Shortage

Zimbabwe has had to start importing grain before the end of the agricultural season because a prolonged drought has reduced estimated food harvests. Agriculture Minister Joseph Made says Zimbabwe must import 500,000 tons of corn (maize) to ensure food stability.  This is in response to the protracted dry spell that has seen crops dying in most of the country. But Commercial Farmer's Union President Deon Theron told VOA his organization had advised the government that crops needed to be planted early because of a forecast el-Nino effect that would create an abnormal season. "If you loo

US Cautious on Ahmadinejad Nuclear Comments

The U.S. State Department said Wednesday that if Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is ready to accept an international proposal that would ease concerns about the country's nuclear program, it would be welcomed news.  But U.S. officials say Iran must communicate its intentions to the International Atomic Energy Agency.  Officials here say they are taking Mr.

Pirates Hijack Vessel Near Somalia

The European Union's anti-piracy naval force says Somali pirates have hijacked a North Korean-flagged cargo ship. The EU force says hijackers seized the MV Rim Wednesday in the Gulf of Aden, just south of the Yemeni coast.  In a statement, the EU force says the vessel has altered course and is now heading towards the Somali basin. The statement says investigators are not certain how many crew members are on board the Libyan-owned ship, and do not know the nationalities of crew members.

US Troops Among Those Killed in Pakistan Blast

Three American soldiers were among eight people killed when a roadside bomb struck their convoy in northwestern Pakistan.  Taliban militants are said to have claimed responsibility for the attack. Authorities say a security convoy carrying five American military personnel was the target of the attack in the Lower Dir District.  The northwestern Pakistani region is a well-known former stronghold of the Taliban.   U.S.

US, Russian Negotiators Near New Nuclear Treaty

A senior U.S. official says American and Russian negotiators meeting in Geneva are closing in on a deal for a key nuclear disarmament treaty, and the United States Senate would likely ratify it.   U.S.