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UGANDA: 70 dead in mudslides

Rivers of mud swamped houses, stores and at least one school after heavy rains, killing at least 70 people with some 250 still missing, officials said Tuesday. Rains that began Monday continued through the night, triggering landslides in the Bududa region, 170 miles east of Kampala. The minister of state for disaster preparedness said the army would join the rescue effort.

IRAQ: Warrant issued for al-Sadr

In a surprise move ahead of weekend elections, Iraq's highest judicial body has renewed an arrest warrant against Muq-tada al-Sadr for the murder of a moderate cleric nearly seven years ago, a senior government official said Tuesday. Al-Sadr is believed to have been living in Iran for two years. A rumor has been circulating that he wants to make an appearance in Iraq before Sunday's parliamentary vote. U.S. officials blamed al-Sadr for the April 10, 2003, assassination of cleric Majid al-Khoie. A warrant was issued in 2004, but was shelved in cease-fire deals the Americans accepted under pressure from Shia politicians.

AFGHANISTAN: Pakistani militants accused

Afghan intelligence officials blamed the Pakistan-based militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba on Tuesday for last week's car bomb and suicide attacks that killed 16 people in the heart of Kabul. The same militants have been fingered by India for the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks that killed 166 people. The assertion that Lashkar-e-Taiba was involved could jeopardize Pakistan-India peace talks relaunched only last week.

FRANCE: Rwandan widow arrested

Authorities briefly detained the widow of President Juvenal Habyarimana of Rwanda, sought by Rwanda on charges related to the nation's 1994 genocide, officials said. Agathe Habyarimana was taken into custody Tuesday at her home in Courcouronnes, south of Paris, on a Rwandan warrant. She was released on condition that she remain in France and check in with local police every month, the official said.


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