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CHINA/Truck crash kills 26

A truck loaded with people heading for an ancient Tibetan monastery crashed on a hill Saturday when its brakes failed, killing 26 people, China's state media reported. Nine others riding in the truck were hurt and were taken to a hospital, the Xinhua News Agency said. The report, citing unnamed local police, said the crash happened in Tibet's Shannan prefecture and the truck was heading for Samye Monastery, the oldest in Tibet.

TOGO/Dictator's son wins election

Togo's election commission Saturday declared the son of the country's late dictator winner of the presidential race, extending the family's rule into a fifth decade in a deep blow to Togo's opposition, which vowed to take to the streets in protest. Provisional results indicate President Faure Gnassingbe won 1.2 million votes, representing 60.9 percent of the roughly 2 million votes cast in the tiny country, said Issifou Tabiou, the head of the election body. Opposition leader Jean-Pierre Fabre, who had earlier accused the ruling party of rigging the election, received 692,584 votes, or 33.9 percent. As it became clear that Gnassingbe would get a second term, Fabre led a group of around 200 protesters to downtown where they were pushed back by anti-riot police, said witnesses and a police spokesman.

SUDAN/Two peacekeepers missing

Two international peacekeepers have gone missing in south Darfur along with half a dozen vehicles and equipment after an ambush on their patrol, the UN-African Union peacekeeping mission in the region said Saturday. UNAMID said in a statement that a large group of gunmen attacked the peacekeepers' convoy Friday as it was traveling to Deribat, in the Jebel Marrah region, seizing their vehicles and taking them to an unknown location. The gunmen released most of the patrol members and three armored vehicles early Saturday, but two peacekeepers are still unaccounted for and listed as missing, the statement said. No further details were immediately available.


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