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A "suspected American" drone fired a missile that killed at least eight people in a Pakistani tribal region, intelligence officials claimed Wednesday. A US military spokesman in neighboring Afghanistan said he was "not aware" of such an incident. Such strikes have raised tensions between the two allies in the counterterrorism effort, and on Monday the Bush administration said it respects Pakistan's territorial integrity.

A new standoff arose over the formation of a power-sharing government in Zimbabwe, and ex-South African President Thabo Mbeki was being asked to resume his role as mediator in the dispute. The opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) accused President Robert Mugabe of demanding all the key posts in a reconfigured cabinet for his allies. Their deal calls for Mugabe to remain as chief executive, with MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai as prime minister.

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