Hamas militants and Egyptian police were erecting a chain-link fence reinforced with barbed wire Monday to close a breach in the security wall along the southern Gaza Strip. Despite that effort, Egypt's government said it wanted the border crossing to be under the control of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, with the cooperation of Israel and European Union monitors. Hamas has rejected that option and is expected to send representatives to Cairo later this week to plead its case.Skip to next paragraph
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A day of mourning was declared across Lebanon after a protest against the rationing of electricity in Beirut turned violent and seven people died. At least 19 others were hurt. The trouble was confined to mostly Shiite neighborhoods, as Army troops kept it from spreading to Sunni and Christian areas. The rioting was the worst since the aftermath of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri's assassination in February 2005. Above, a soldier keeps the curious away from a burned-out car after the rioting.
Tens of thousands of Indonesians lined the route of the late dictator Suharto's funeral procession Monday as he was buried with full military honors. The ceremonies were led by President Susilo Bambang Yudhyono and were televised live across the sprawling archipelago. Suharto's eldest daughter, Siti Hadijanti Rukmana, asked for forgiveness "if father has made any mistakes." And "if he has done good," she said, "may Allah multiply [it]."
A five-hour standoff ended peacefully in northwestern Pakistan Monday, as gunmen freed dozens of students and teachers they'd been holding inside a high school and surrendered. Tribal elders had guaranteed the hostage-takers safe passage through police lines, but it was unclear whether they'd left the area. Police described the gunmen as criminals rather than Islamist militants.