IRAQ: Iraqi officials are tallying votes after millions of Iraqis cast their ballots in Saturday's provincial elections.
Authorities said today (Sunday) about 60 percent of voters
cast ballots throughout the country, although official figures and
results are not expected for several days.
The polls were hailed as peaceful by Iraqi and U.S. leaders.
U.S. President Barack Obama called the elections an important step
forward as Iraqis continue taking responsibility for their future.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said "the purple fingers have
returned to build Iraq," in a reference to the ink on index fingers
that show voters have cast their ballots.
ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS: Israeli police say Gaza militants have fired two rockets into southern Israel without causing casualties or damage.
No group claimed responsibility for today's (Sunday's) attack, which raised the prospect of Israeli retaliation.
It is the fourth such rocket attack since cease-fires two weeks ago
ended Israel's offensive against the Palestinian militant group Hamas
in the Gaza Strip.
Egypt has begun installing surveillance cameras and motion sensors on
its border with Gaza in an effort to curb arms smuggling into the
KENYA OIL FIRE: An oil spill has caught fire in Kenya, killing at least 111 people and
injuring more than 170 who were trying to scoop up free fuel.
Officials say the oil spill in the central town of Molo Saturday came from a truck that had crashed.
Witnesses say a cigarette may have started the blaze.
AU SUMMIT: Africa's leaders are gathering today (Sunday) in Addis Ababa for the semi-annual African Union summit expected to be dominated by the continent's most urgent crises.
More than half of the continent's 50-plus heads of state and government
are expected to attend, along with a host of dignitaries led by U.N.
Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
The summit is expected to be taken up with crises in Zimbabwe, Somalia
and Sudan's Darfur region as well as last year's coups in Guinea and
COLOMBIA HOSTAGES: Officials say a special delegation has arrived in Colombia to pick up
six hostages the leftist FARC rebels have agreed to release.
Officials say the delegation traveled from Brazil in at least two
helicopters and landed in the Colombian city of Florencia Saturday.
A Colombian lawmaker (Senator Pieidad Cordoba) and members
of the International Red Cross are part of the group that will receive
three policemen, two politicians and a soldier from the FARC.