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Despite reports that Saudi Arabia will increase oil production next month to its highest level yet, protests against the surging price of fuel widened Monday around the world. A truckers' association in Colombia was expected to begin a nationwide work stoppage, joining similar actions in France, Spain, India, and South Korea. In Thailand, however, truckers postponed a blockade of Bangkok after the government said it would look for sources of funding to help them meet fuel costs.

Taliban militants, some of whom may be escapees from prison late last week, have overrun a number of villages in southern Afghanistan, regional authorities reported Monday. They said NATO-led forces were being redeployed to "meet the threat." The developments came as the Pakistani government summoned Afghan Ambassador Mohammad Anwar Anwarzai to protest Sunday's "regrettable" threat by President Hamid Karzai to send his nation's troops across their border to attack Taliban encampments.

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