Using a nearby Islamist protest as cover, a terrorist in Islamabad, Pakistan, exploded a bomb outside a police station Sunday. Early reports spoke of heavy casualties – at least 10 dead and many others hurt. The blast occurred a few hundred yards from the site where thousands of people were observing the first anniversary of an Army raid that ended a rebellion at the radical Red Mosque.
Soldiers found and confiscated more than a ton of explosives at a farm outside Bogotá, Colombia, an Army spokesman said Saturday. He said the mix of ammonium nitrate and fuel oil apparently belonged to the rebel Revolutionary Armed Forces, which planned to stage reprisal attacks in the capital for last week's rescue of its 15 highest-profile hostages.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and the government of the Czech Republic are due to sign a treaty Tuesday in Prague authorizing a key component of the proposed US missile-defense system. Ratification, however, is expected to be difficult, since the government has only a three-seat margin in parliament and opinion polls have shown public support at just 24 percent. The deal would allow the US to build a radar installation on Czech soil, with rocket-interceptors to be sited in neighboring Poland if the latter's government agrees.
By a seven-vote margin, the lower house of Argentina's Congress OK'd and sent to the Senate a set of tax increases on grain exports that have angered farmers and caused three months of strikes. Farmers union leaders said Saturday night they wouldn't order an immediate resumption of the strikes, vowing to pressure the Senate to defeat the increases and then fight the matter in the courts, if necessary. President Cristina Fernandez, who proposed the hikes, claims they are necessary to raise new revenue to help the poor.
The state of emergency imposed after Mongolia's disputed election ended Saturday night. But Prime Minister Sanjaagiin Bayar conceded in an address on national television, "The dust has not settled ... and people are still upset." Bayar's People's Revolutionary Party won a comfortable majority of seats in parliament in the voting. But the opposition Democratic Party and its allies are demanding a new vote in some districts, although international monitors said the election basically was fair.
Leading democracy activist Anson Chan, known as "the conscience of Hong Kong," said she won't be a candidate for reelection when her term in the territorial legislature ends in September. Analysts said her announcement (below) was a heavy blow to the struggling democracy movement, which has been undercut by the Chinese government's decision not to allow direct elections there until at least 2017. Chan said she plans to groom "younger generations" to carry the movement forward.
At least 21 men died of carbon monoxide poisoning, China's Xinhua news agency reported Sunday, in the second coal mining accident in northern Shanxi Province in five days. Eleven other workers escaped or were rescued, and a search was under way for still more who may have been in the mine. Last week, a cave-in killed 18 miners elsewhere in the province.
Oil-industry employees, school pupils, and other volunteers spent Saturday planting 8.3 million trees across Mexico. President Felipe Calderón said of the effort, "We are repairing a little of the enormous damage that we're doing" to the environment. But Greenpeace, the environmental activist organization, called the campaign "a fraud" and said it would be better to control illegal logging.