Hezbollah said it will "return things to the way they were before" in Lebanon after the government reversed the two decisions that set off the worst sustained political violence since the 1975-90 civil war. Jubilant Hezbollah supporters celebrated Wednesday night after the government announced that "in the higher national interest" it would end an investigation into the organization's telephone network and was canceling the dismissal of the director of security at Beirut airport, who was suspected of having ties to Hezbollah. Above, a couple in Beirut, the capital, stroll between coils of razor wire set up to help contain violence.
An Islamist militant group calling itself the Indian Mujahideen claimed responsibility Thurs-day for the series of bombings earlier this week that killed or wounded dozens of people in the tourist city of Jaipur. In e-mail messages to TV news outlets, it demanded that India's government stop working with the US and Britain "on international issues" and warned of further attacks against "other important tourist places." Without explanation, police lowered the casualty count from Tuesday's bombings in Jaipur from 80 dead and 200 wounded to 61 and 90, respectively.