Hard-line President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe dismissed calls from other African leaders to cancel Friday's runoff election, saying, "We are sticking to our law." He said he was open to proposals from the opposition Movement for Democratic Change, whose leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, has pulled out of the runoff. Heavy preelection violence has produced international condemnation and calls for the runoff to be scrapped or at least postponed. Mugabe's counterpart in South Africa, Thabo Mbeki, refused to join that chorus Thursday, however. He has said he sees no political crisis in Zimbabwe and insisted that negotiations alone would lead to a resolution of the problem.Skip to next paragraph
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Another Palestinian rocket fell on a kibbutz in southern Israel Thursday, causing no injuries but further undermining the shaky cease-fire between the Jewish state and Hamas. Responsibility for the attack was claimed by the Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, which said the truce must include the West Bank. Hamas has indicated that while it is bound by the week-old agreement, it will not confront other militants who violate the truce.
A car bomb exploded near government headquarters in Mosul, Iraq, Thursday, killing 18 people and wounding roughly 60 others as violence spiked after weeks of relative calm.In another incident, a suspected Al Qaeda militant penetrated a meeting of tribal sheikhs in Karmah, 20 miles west of Baghdad, and triggered a bomb that killed at least 20 people, apparently including US personnel.
The first sweeping change in Internet addresses in 25 years was OK'd Thursday. Meeting in Paris, the key oversight agency for the Web, Internet Corp. for Assigned Names and Numbers, voted to relax the rules on domain names such as .com, .net, and .org. Proposals before the voters called for domains in languages other than English and for commercial enterprises to be allowed to buy their own addresses.