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President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan was unhurt Sunday as suspected Taliban militants attempted to assassinate him at a ceremony in Kabul, the capital. But three other people died in the attack and eight more were wounded. Intelligence sources said about 100 people were taken in for questioning. The attackers opened up with automatic weapons fire as Karzai (above, l.) stood for the national anthem.

Opponents of President Robert Mugabe will control Zimbabwe's parliament, reports said Sunday after a recount of votes confirmed the original outcomes in 18 disputed races. Five others were expected to be announced Monday, but even if they all went to Mugabe's ZANU-PF movement that would not return it to a majority after the March 29 election. Results of the presidential balloting, which the opposition claims it won, still have not been announced.

Tamil rebels again surprised Sri Lanka's military early Sunday, dropping three bombs from their light aircraft on strategic targets. There reportedly was no significant damage, but analysts said the attack was worrisome because it showed the rebels have the coordinates of key targets. Last Friday, the rebels also exploded a bomb aboard a crowded bus in a suburb of the capital, Colombo, killing 26 passengers and wounding 64 others.


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