Tampering with ballot boxes in the recounting of votes from Zimbabwe's March 29 parliamentary election has rendered the process "fatally flawed," an observer said Monday.A legislator from neighboring South Africa said it was clear to her that the recount was being rigged to restore control of parliament to President Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF movement. News outlets in Zimbabwe said the recount in 23 races, most of them won by the opposition Movement for Democratic Change, was likely to take all week. Results of the presidential voting still haven't been announced.Skip to next paragraph
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More adjustments were being made to the Olympic torch relay Monday as countries across Asia sought to prevent a repeat of anti-China protests.In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, police detained three people who'd brought a pro-Tibet banner to the start of the relay and reportedly were being heckled and beaten by ethnic Chinese. Indonesia announced a shorter route for the relay than originally planned and said only invited guests could watch. In Japan, three corporate sponsors followed the lead of a Buddhist temple in pulling out of the relay
More residents of Somalia's capital were fleeing Monday after soldiers and Islamist militants engaged in the heaviest fighting in months. At least 85 people were reported killed over the weekend in what analysts said appeared to be a strategy by the Islamists to topple the interim government by spreading Somali and Ethiopian forces thin rather than by capturing and holding territory.
King Gyan-endra of Nepal angrily denied published reports that he'll go into exile now that results of the country's April 10 election have been announced. But he gave no indication whether or when he'll abdicate the throne, even though he no longer holds any powers. Nepal's elections commission said Monday that former communist rebels won 120, or half, of the seats at stake in the Constituent Assembly, which will rewrite the Constitution with a view to converting the country to a republic.