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Another suspected US missile strike on northwestern Pakistan has killed the alleged planner of a strategy to blow up transoceanic passenger jets with liquid explosives, intelligence sources said Sunday. The death of British citizen Rashid Rauf, who is of Pakistani origin, could not be confirmed independently. But he'd been on the run since escaping from jail last December. The report came as NATO commanders praised the best cooperation "ever" from Pakistan's military in a coordinated assault on militants from both sides of the border with Afghanistan.

In a new test of President Hugo Chávez's support, Venezuelans streamed to the polls Sunday to vote for governors and mayors in 22 states. Analysts said they expect a mixed result, with the leftist leader's allies winning many races but losing others amid voter concern over inefficiency, corruption, and a rising crime rate. Chávez, who has said, "My destiny is at stake," lost a nationwide referendum last year that would have allowed him to remain in power indefinitely.


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