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Four more people were killed in Karachi, Pakistan, Tuesday despite pleas from the city's political leaders for calm. The latest casualties bring the number of deaths to more than 40. At least 70 others have been hurt in fighting between majority Urdu speakers and Pashtuns that began Saturday.Skip to next paragraph
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An American cruise ship outran pirates off the coast of Somalia and escaped a hijacking attempt, maritime officials said Tuesday. The Nautica, owned by Miami-based Oceania Cruises, was en route from Rome to Singapore at the time. The pirates reportedly fired shots, but none of the more than 1,000 people aboard the Nautica were hurt. The incident took place Sunday despite patrolling in the Gulf of Aden by US and other warships.
A colonel in Mexico's Army assumed charge over the policing of Tijuana as drug-related violence in the border city spiraled higher. Civilian Chief Alberto Capella was fired from his post Monday after the discoveries of 37 more murder victims, nine of whom had been beheaded. More than 350 people have been killed in Tijuana since rival drug traffickers began their turf war about two months ago.
Citing the collapse of Zimbabwe's sanitation and water-delivery systems, the World Health Organization said cholera has killed at least 484 people there. More than 11,700 cases have been recorded since August, it said, calling the outbreak the worst in 15 years. The disease is easily prevented. But Zimbabwe's inflation-wracked economy and political crisis have left it short of funds to supply clean water or maintain other normal public health measures.
Private equity giant KKR & Co. declined to comment on a report that it is buying a minority stake in a Chinese supplier of raw milk as that nation's dairy industry struggles to recover from the melamine contamination scandal. The Bloomberg news service said New York-based KKR will invest $100 million in Modern Farm of Anhui Province. China's health ministry, updating casualties from the scandal for the first time since Sept. 21, raised the number of infant deaths from three to six and those sickened from drinking tainted formula from 50,000 to almost 300,000.