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Thousands of immigrants were fleeing South Africa Thursday to escape attack by xenophobic mobs, even though President Thabo Mbeki ordered the Army to stop the violence. At least 42 foreigners have been killed by angry South Africans. The call-out of troops is the first since apartheid ended in 1994. Neighboring Mozambique sent buses to bring its nationals home.Skip to next paragraph
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A second round of discussions between the presidents of Greek and Turkish Cyprus is scheduled for Friday to try to build on the momentum of their first talks in March. That session set up six joint working groups to address issues blocking reunification of the island. But progress has been slow, and a Greek Cypriot government spokesman complained earlier this week that "on these core issues, we do not speak the same language."
Another defeat appeared likely for Britain's ruling Labour Party Thursday as voters chose a new member of Parliament from northwestern England. A victory by opposition Conservatives in the special election in Crewe and Nantwich would have national implications for Prime Minister Gordon Brown, analysts said, after Labour's loss earlier this month of the mayorship of London. Crewe and Nantwich has been in the Labour column for 26 years, but its legislator died in office last month.
Fifteen pending adoptions of Guatemalan infants were annulled Wednesday due to fraud and irregularities. All of the babies were to go to couples in the US. Criminal charges have been filed against lawyers, birth mothers, and others involved in the annulled adoptions. Earlier this month, the government suspended 2,286 pending cases until investigations could be completed.
Forty-five soldiers died Wednesday when a fuel truck slammed into the convoy taking them to their base in Nigeria following peacekeeping duty in Darfur. Roads in the area are poorly maintained, and accidents are frequent, reports said.