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For the first time, Pakistan's government acknowledged that the terrorist siege of Mumbai last November was launched from its soil. Interior Minister Rehman Malik , also said the attack on the city formerly known as Bombay was plotted in Pakistan, at least in part. He said his government has arrested most of the main suspects identified by India and begun criminal proceedings against them. But Pakistan needs further evidence from India, he said.

The rivals in Madagascar's power struggle have opened talks to try to resolve their differences and end the turmoil that has killed at least 100 people, diplomats said Thursday. President Marc Ravalomanana and opposition leader Andry Rajoelina held their first meeting Wednesday night following a rally by an estimated 40,000 Ravalomanana supporters despite torrential rains.

At least 49 people were hurt, some seriously, and hundreds of buildings were damaged when a powerful earthquake rocked eastern Indonesia Wednesday night, reports said. The quake, with a magnitude of 7.2, occurred at sea and brought a tsunami warning, although that later was canceled. Aftershocks were rattling the area Thursday.

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