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At least seven people were killed and more than 50 others required hospitalization in Johannesburg, South Africa, late Saturday night as rampaging residents of a poor suburb shot, stabbed, and beat immigrants. Many of the casualties were Zimbabweans who'd left their own country because of its economic ills. The trouble began when the immigrants were accused of monopolizing scarce jobs and housing.Skip to next paragraph
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Tensions between the governments of Venezuela and Colombia rose higher still over the weekend as one of the latter's Army units was accused of a border violation. The Venezuelan Foreign Ministry said about 60 Colombian troops were intercepted a half-mile across the boundary and were ordered to return home. Colombian President Alvaro Uribe, who has been feuding with his Venezuelan counterpart for months, said he'd apologize if the accusation turned out to be true.
As expected, President Leonel Fernandez of the Dominican Republic coasted to victory in his bid for a third term, official results showed Saturday. The closest of six challengers, Miguel Vargas Maldonado, a construction tycoon, finished 14 points off the pace. Elections officials said the turnout was high: 71 percent.
Rescuers brought 706 passengers and all 22 crew members to safety Sunday after their river ferry caught fire on the Indonesian island of Borneo. It was not clear, however, whether everyone aboard had been accounted for. The fire took five hours to bring under control, but authorities said rescue efforts were made easier because it broke out during daylight hours and because other boats were nearby.
Delegates from 191 countries are to open the ninth UN Convention on Biological Diversity in Bonn, Germany, Monday – tackling issues ranging from protecting plants and animals to limiting the spiraling prices of food staples. A key focus of the two-week gathering: reviewing the goals of the 2002 UN Earth Summit, which set an eight-year target for slowing the loss of diversity.