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Pakistan’s top court rules on election

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistan can go ahead with its presidential election, but the winner can’t be declared — at least not for a while, the country’s Supreme Court said Friday.

It said the results of Saturday’s ballot could not become official until it decided whether President Gen. Pervez Musharraf was eligible to stand for re-election while retaining his dual post as chief of the army.

The surprise decision cast Pakistan into political confusion by leaving open the possibility that the high court could still derail the U.S.-allied Musharraf’s bid for a new five-year term even if, as expected, he easily won the voting by national and provincial lawmakers.

Accused prosecutor kills self in cell

DETROIT — A federal prosecutor from Florida accused of flying to Detroit last month to have sex with a 5-year-old girl has committed suicide in his cell in the Milan federal prison.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John D.R. Atchison was found unresponsive, taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead at 10:17 a.m. That’s according to Felicia Ponce, spokeswoman for the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Washington.

Atchison was an assistant U.S. attorney in northern Florida, based in Pensacola.

Atchison had been charged with three felonies. The most serious charge was crossing state lines with intent to have sex with someone under 12. Conviction carries a minimum 30-year prison sentence and a maximum of life.

Clinton envisions a diplomatic role

LONDON — Former President Clinton has said his wife wants him to lead efforts to rebuild the United States’ tarnished reputation abroad — if she is elected to the White House next year.

The former president made the comments in interviews released Friday in Britain where he was fundraising for Hillary Rodham Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic nomination for next year’s presidential election.

Clinton was asked what his public role might be if his wife becomes president, in interviews with The Guardian newspaper and British Broadcasting Corp. television.

He joked to The Guardian that Scottish friends have suggested his title could be “first laddie.”

Ex-lacrosse players file federal lawsuit

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Three former Duke lacrosse players falsely accused of rape filed a federal lawsuit Friday against disgraced prosecutor Mike Nifong, the city of Durham and the police detectives who handled the investigation.

The lawsuit calls the criminal case against Reade Seligmann, Collin Finnerty and Dave Evans “one of the most chilling episodes of premeditated police, prosecutorial and scientific misconduct in modern American history.”

The lawsuit seeks unspecified punitive and compensatory damages, attorneys’ fees and numerous reforms to the way the Durham Police Department handles criminal investigations.

Officials: Vaccine caused polio cases

LONDON — A polio outbreak in Nigeria was caused by the vaccine designed to stop it, international health officials say, leaving at least 69 children paralyzed.

It is a frightening paradox in a part of the world that already distrusts western vaccines, making it even tougher to stamp out age-old diseases.

The outbreak was caused by the live polio virus that is used in vaccines given orally — the preferred method in developing countries because it is cheaper and doesn’t require medical training to dispense.

The CDC and the World Health Organization announced the cause of the polio outbreak last week.

compiled from wire reports

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