Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa, a favorite of Western donors and a strong critic of Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe, died in a French hospital after a two-month stay there. He won praise abroad for tackling corruption and turning the copper-rich Southern African country into one of the continent's biggest success stories.
A suicide bomber in Algeria rammed an explosives-rigged car into an Algiers police academy Tuesday as recruits lined up for classes, killing at least 43 people. It was the deadliest attack in recent years in the North African country. No group claimed responsibility, but the country's Al Qaeda affiliate has said it was behind a series of bombings during the past two years.
Muslim leaders in Indian Kashmir called for three days of calm Tuesday after massive separatist protests in Srinagar virtually shut down the region. The recent unrest, which has left 34 people dead, represents the biggest challenge to Indian rule over its only Muslim-majority state since the start of a violent insurgency in 1989 that has killed an estimated 68,000 people.
Venezuela seized foreign-owned cement plants Tuesday, a show of strength as President Hugo Chávez moves forward with a plan to make South America's top oil exporter a socialist society. The government took control of installations belonging to Mexican giant Cemex after cement nationalization talks broke down. Venezuela has already nationalized oil and telecommunication companies.