At least 40 people died and 139 others were hurt Monday when a car laden with explosives rammed the gates of India's Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. Property damage also was extensive in perhaps the worst terrorist attack there since the fall of the Taliban in 2001. The Taliban denied responsibility, and the Afghan Interior Ministry appeared to agree, claiming the bomber had acted "in coordination with an active intelligence service in the region." Afghanistan often accuses Pakistani agents of being behind such violence.Skip to next paragraph
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Leaders of the Group of Eight (G-8) industrialized democracies opened their annual meeting in Toyako, Japan, listening to accusations that they've fallen far behind on their 2005 pledge of $25 billion in new aid to Africa. Activists said only $3 billion has been delivered, citing the host nation, Canada, France, and Italy as being the most delinquent. Japan's Foreign Ministry denied there has been any backtracking.
Through his spokesman, Presi-dent Robert Mugabe demanded Monday that Western leaders "stop meddling" in Zimbabwe's affairs. He spoke after President Bush at the G-8 meetings called the June 27 runoff election in Zimbabwe "a sham." Citing opposition sources, Britain's Guardian newspaper reported that Mugabe might still yield power to his rival, Morgan Tsvangirai, under a proposed "peace plan." But the BBC said that the idea was threatened by armed raids on a small factory owned by an opposition member of parliament and two camps for displaced opposition supporters that killed or injured several people.