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India Bombings Kill 45


INDIA VIOLENCE: India's major cities have been placed on high alert after a string of blasts in the western part of the country killed at least 45 people.
Police say at least 16 bombs went off Saturday in several crowded neighborhoods in the historic city of Ahmedabad. More than 100 people have been wounded in the attacks.
Indian television reported that a little-known group called "Indian Mujahedin" has claimed responsibility for the attacks.
Saturday's attacks came a day after a string of explosions in the southern city of Bangalore killed one person and wounded six others.

AFGHANISTANVIOLENCE: Afghan officials say dozens of militants have been killed in NATO air strikes in the east of the country. A provincial governor (Arsallah Jamal) said 50 to 70 militants were killed during a raid today (Sunday) in Spera district of Khost province.
He said the militants attacked a police post in Spera, killing two police, and NATO was asked for air support.
On Saturday, NATO troops killed four civilians and wounded three others when soldiers opened fire on a car that failed to stop at a checkpoint in the southern Helmand province.

TURKEY-IRAQ: Turkey's military says its fighter jets have bombed 12 Kurdish rebel targets in northern Iraq.
The military issued a statement today (Sunday) saying it carried out its raid on the headquarters of the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK in the Qandil region. The military said it is working to determine possible rebel casualties.
Turkey has stepped up military operations this year against PKK rebels both in Turkey and in northern Iraq, where thousands of rebels are based.

CAMBODIA ELECTION: Polls have closed (today/Sunday) in Cambodia, where general election results are expected to give another five years in power to Prime Minister Hun Sen, who has been in office for the last 23 years. Eleven parties competed for 123 seats in Cambodia's parliament. Hun Sen's popularity has received a boost from his hard stance against Thailand in a border dispute over an 11th century temple.

RICE-SOUTH PACIFIC: U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met in Samoa with top South Pacific diplomats today (Sunday) to pressure Fiji's military government to restore democracy. Rice arrived in Samoa from New Zealand, where she told business leaders in Auckland that a return to democracy in Fiji is an absolute necessity. Earlier this month, Fiji's military ruler Frank Bainimaramasaid elections to return the South Pacific nation to democracy would not be held by next March as promised.

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