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Opposition slams Nigerian elections

LAGOS, Nigeria — The two leading opposition parties on Sunday denounced Nigeria’s presidential elections, which were marked by irregularities, voter intimidation and open ballot-rigging favoring the outgoing president’s ruling party.

Neither of the parties rejected the vote outright, saying they were waiting for full information and results to be announced, but they described the exercise in disparaging terms.

3 police officers killed in Mexico

MEXICO CITY — A Durango state police commander was kidnapped and killed Saturday and two other officers were shot dead in a gun battle with his abductors, state authorities said.

Durango state commander Sergio Munoz was on his way to police headquarters when at least 10 gunmen kidnapped him, said Ruben Lopez.

Bomber kills 6 in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan — A suicide bomber blew himself up Sunday in an east Afghan city, killing six civilians and wounding 40 others, officials said.

Police tried to stop a suspicious-looking man in the city of Khost, provincial police chief Gen. Mohammad Ayub said. When the man tried to flee, police chased him and opened fire on him, at which point he detonated his explosives, Ayub said.

9 Palestinians dead after weekend

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Hamas militants called Sunday for a fresh wave of attacks against Israel after troops killed nine Palestinians in weekend fighting, straining a five-month-old cease-fire.

In response to the bloodshed, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ more moderate Fatah movement urged him to consider breaking off contacts with the Israeli government.

Orphanage fire kills 5 Sarajevo babies

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina — A fast-moving fire tore through an orphanage in Bosnia’s capital early Sunday, killing five babies and injuring 17 others and a nurse, police and hospital officials said.

The blaze broke out on the third floor of the Ljubica Ivezic orphanage in downtown Sarajevo around 6 a.m. and spread to where the babies were sleeping, according to the fire brigade.

10 swept away after quake in Chile

SANTIAGO, Chile — An earthquake in remote southern Chile shook free a landslide of rocks, sending them smashing into a narrow fjord and causing massive waves that swept away 10 beachgoers.

Rescuers were searching the cold Pacific waters for the other missing people from the beach after the 6.2 magnitude quake the day before, authorities said.

S. Korea agrees to give North rice

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea agreed Sunday to send 400,000 tons of rice to North Korea despite its failure to meet a deadline to shut down its nuclear reactor.

The agreement was reached after five days of talks. It was seen as a setback in South Korea’s attempt to use food aid to pressure the North to honor its disarmament pledge.

compiled from wire reports

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