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EGYPT: Mob attacks candidate's HQ

Several hundred people ransacked the campaign headquarters Monday of a presidential candidate who was President Hosni Mubarak's last prime minister, security officials said. The crowd attacked Ahmed Shafiq's Cairo office, smashing windows, tossing out campaign signs and tearing up posters. Then they set fire to the building. No one was hurt. The attack came just hours after the election commission announced that Shafiq would face the Muslim Brotherhood's candidate, Mohammed Morsi, in a June 16-17 runoff for the presidency. Protests also erupted in downtown Cairo and in Alexandria.


QATAR: Fire kills 19, 13 of them kids

Thirteen children were among 19 people killed in a fire Monday in a fancy shopping mall in Doha, raising questions about building safety in the booming Gulf state. Some died as rescuers struggled to reach a child-care center at the Villaggio mall, according to Interior Affairs Minister Sheik Abdullah bin Nasser Al Thani. Four children were Spanish citizens, and one a 3-year-old French child. Two-year-old New Zealand triplets Lillie, Jackson and Willsher Weekes were among the victims. Their mother, Jane, had lived in Qatar for five years. The father, Martin Weekes, is an adviser to Qatar Media Services and a former chief executive of Auckland's Eden Park sports stadium. Four teachers, three from the Philippines, and two civil defense officials also died.


PAKISTAN: Visit to Petraeus postponed

Lt. Gen. Zaheer ul-Islam, the new intelligence chief, has postponed his first visit to Washington amid harsh U.S. criticism of the 33-year prison sentence imposed on Shakil Afridi, the Pakistani doctor convicted of treason for aiding the CIA's hunt for Osama bin Laden. Islam, who heads the powerful Inter-Services Intelligence agency, was to meet this week with CIA Director David Petraeus, a Pakistani official said. A senior official said increased tensions rooted in the Afridi case contributed to the postponement.

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