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Polls closed in Pakistan Monday after the long-awaited election for a new government, with embattled President Pervez Musharraf pledging to work with the winner even if his own allies in parliament lose their grip on power. Turnout was described as light, perhaps matching the lowest in the nation's history. But there were only scattered reports of violence. Above, women line up to cast ballots at a polling place in the city of Attock.

At least 37 people were killed and 30 others were hurt Monday when a car bomb exploded near a convoy of Canadian troops in southern Afghanistan. Three Canadians were hurt; all other casualties were civilians. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. The deaths came on top of more than 100 who were killed Sunday when another Taliban militant exploded a bomb among spectators at a dog fight in Kandahar. That attack was the worstof its type since the Taliban were ousted from power seven years ago.

A Shiite militia leader suspected of supplying Iranian armor-piercing weapons to fighters in Baghdad was captured Monday by US forces in the city. The suspect, who wasn't immediately identified, also is believed to have hand-picked militants for attacks against American and Iraqi security forces. Such attackers, known as "special groups," have broken with radical cleric Moqtada al-Sadr and refuse to follow his orders to observe a cease-fire with coalition forces.


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