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Pakistani Opposition Leader: Defying House Arrest


PAKISTAN POL: Pakistani opposition leader Nawaz Sharif says he has defied house arrest in Lahore, where thousands of anti-government protesters are rallying in the streets.
Mr. Sharif's supporters filled the streets of downtown Lahore Sunday, waving flags and pelting security forces with rocks in the most intense clashes in a five-day standoff between police and anti-government protesters.
Police used tear gas and armored vehicles to try to push back the protesters, but the activists remain defiant.
Mr. Sharif is urging them to join a long march to the capital, Islamabad, to demand the reinstatement of Supreme Court judges fired by Pervez Musharraf when he was president.

AFGHANISTAN: The U.S. military says coalition and Afghan forces have killed five militants in the Taliban stronghold, Kandahar province.
The military says the five were killed in Maywand district Sunday during an operation targeting a network supporting foreign fighters in the area.
It was not immediately possible to independently confirm whether the men were militants.
Elsewhere in the province Sunday, Afghan officials say a roadside bomb apparently intended for the mayor of Kandahar city killed one civilian and wounded at least six others.
The mayor survived the attack.


MEXICO CRIME: Police in Mexico say they have found nine bodies - seven men and two women - buried near the drug-smuggling hub of Ciudad Juarez, just across the U.S. border.
Investigators say they have not ruled out finding more bodies at the site.
Thousands of soldiers and federal police are posted around Juarez in an effort to quell violence involving warring drug gangs. The cartels are fighting for control of trafficking routes into the United States.


EL SALVADOR ELECTION: Salvadoran citizens are voting Sunday for a new president in a race that could end two decades of conservative rule in the crime-plagued Central American country.
Opinion polls give the advantage to left-leaning candidate Mauricio Funes in the race against conservative former national police chief Rodrigo Avila.
Funes is a former television journalist and representative of the leftist rebel group Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front. If he wins, El Salvador would join a growing number of left-leaning governments in Latin America.

MACAU-HONG KONG: Authorities in Macau have barred five Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers and activists from entering the Chinese-ruled territory.
Outspoken politicians "Long Hair" Leung Kwok-hung and Lee Cheuk-yan were among the five turned away Sunday.
The rest of their group were allowed to enter the former Portuguese colony, which has been part of China since 1999.
They traveled to Macau to test a new national security law that rights groups say stifles political freedoms.

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