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The widower of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and his onetime political rival, Nawaz Sharif, signed a pact to form a coalition government. In what analysts called an ominous sign for President Pervez Musharraf, they vowed to reappoint the judges he dismissed when he imposed emergency rule last November. Asif Ali Zardari (above, l.) of Bhutto's People's Party and Sharif (r.), also a former prime minister and leader of the Muslim League, said the reinstatement of the judges would come via a parliamentary resolution within 30 days of the formation of their government.

Elections monitors will be allowed into Zimbabwe later this month only from other African countries and allies such as Iran and Venezuela, the Foreign Ministry said. President Robert Mugabe is seeking to extend his 28-year rule in the vote, but he faces a stiffer-than-usual challenge from ex-Finance Minister Zimba Makoni and longtime opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai. Mugabe blames Western countries for the nation's deep economic problems. Over the weekend, he signed into law a measure requiring that all foreign- or white-owned businesses yield majority control to blacks.


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