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By Compiled from wire service reports by Robert Kilborn / March 12, 2008



At least 24 people were killed and more than 200 others were hurt Tuesday in Lahore, Pakistan, in twin terrorist bomb explosions. The blasts, about 15 minutes apart, were the sixth and seventh of their type since the Feb. 18 election for a new parliament. Opponents of US-backed President Pervez Musharraf blamed him for the violence, with one saying, "It started when we started having a friendship with America." Above, flames from an exploded car bomb burn outside the Federal Investigation Agency in Lahore.

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If any other candidate but incumbent Robert Mugabe wins Zimbabwe's March 29 presidential election, the Army will not "support or salute" him, its commander warned. Gen. Constantine Chiwenga was quoted by the Zimbabwe Standard newspaper as asking rhetorically, "What is wrong with the Army supporting [Mugabe] against the election of sellouts?" Mugabe is opposed for reelection by ex-Finance Minster Simba Makoni and Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai. He accuses both of accepting financing for their campaigns from the US and Britain.

There will be clean air in Beijing for the Olympic Summer Games, a senior Chinese environmental official said Tuesday. Zhang Lijun said "all tasks necessary" for cutting pollution in the city will be completed by June. The Games open Aug. 8. Zhang sought to allay concerns that surfaced again when the world record-holder in the marathon, Haile Gebrselassie of Ethiopia, said he was unlikely to compete in that event at the Olympics because "the pollution in China is a threat to my health." Above, in a photo taken Monday, the Olympic countdown clock in Beijing's Tiananmen Square isn't visible because of the smoky air.

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