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Terrorists exploded car bombs in Baghdad, Baquba, and Ramadi, Iraq, Tuesday, killing at least 53 people in the worst violence in more than two months. All three appeared to target predominantly Sunni areas. The purported leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq issued a new audiotaped appeal for Sunni tribesmen who switched sides to help in the US surge against terrorism to switch back.

The opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) said Tuesday it would participate in a runoff election for the presidency of Zimbabwe only if the all phases of voting were administered by the "international community." The MDC was dealt a major blow earlier this week when the High Court refused to order the release of the tally from the March 29 election, which its candidate claims he won over incumbent Robert Mugabe. A general strike to pressure the elections commission into making the results public largely was ignored Tuesday, however.

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