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Arab League chief Amr Moussa left Lebanon after a once-promising strategy for facilitating the nation's presidential election failed to yield results, and the vote was postponed for the 12th time. Moussa refused to say whether he was optimistic or pessimistic about the situation, indicating that he hoped to return for further talks with anti- and pro-Syrian politicians. A parliamentary spokesman said the election has been rescheduled for next Monday.Skip to next paragraph
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Charges of fraud, corruption, and money-laundering were to be lodged against South Africa's police commissioner, and he resigned Sunday as president of Interpol to defend himself. Jackie Selebi, an ally of President Thabo Mbeki, was put on extended leave, a move that critics say probably will sharpen the dispute between Mbeki and his rival, new African National Congress leader Jacob Zuma.
Police set up a guard around the Suharto burial complex in Indonesia, and the government issued special credentials to the media to cover the funeral of the ex-dictator as his physicians warned he was in "very critical condition." Members of Suharto's family said Sunday they'd turn over to the doctors all decisions about prolonging his life by artificial means.
April 10 was designated by the government of Nepal Sunday as the new date for the election to decide the nation's political future. Voters will choose a 601-member assembly to rewrite the Constitution, converting the kingdom to a republic. The vote was postponed twice last year because the three main political parties couldn't agree on a timetable for phasing out the monarchy.
Rescue efforts were abandoned in central Kazakhstan Sunday after a coal mine explosion that killed at least 30 men and hospitalized 14 others, many of them in critical condition. Twenty-three miners remain trapped deep underground, but a fire fed by buildups of gas makes further work by emergency crews too dangerous, the government said.
Police in Japan announced receipt of the 400th envelope full of cash "for the underprivileged people" since the anonymous donations began arriving monthly in August 1974. The latest brings the total to date to 1.7 million yen ($16,000). The money is turned over to the social welfare council in Togichi Prefecture, north of Tokyo.