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Ex-prime minister elected new Czech president

CZECH REPUBLIC

PRAGUE — A former left-leaning prime minister staged a big return to power Saturday by winning the Czech Republic’s first directly elected presidential vote. With all ballots counted, Milos Zeman won 54.8 percent of the vote for the largely ceremonial post, the Czech Statistics Office said. His opponent, conservative Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg, had 45.2 percent. (AP)

AFGHANISTAN

Bomber kills 10 police officers

KABUL — A suicide bomber struck in a square in the center of Kunduz City in northern Afghanistan on Saturday, killing 10 police officers, in an ugly reprise of a bombing nearly two years ago that killed the police chief. The latest bomb blast wounded 29 people, Afghan officials said. (New York Times)

BANGLADESH

7 women die in fire in garment factory

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DHAKA — A fire of unknown cause swept through a two-story garment factory in Bangladesh’s capital Saturday, killing at least seven female workers and injuring another five, police and fire officials said. The fire at the Smart factory occurred two months after a blaze killed 112 workers in another factory, raising questions about the safety and treatment of workers in the nation’s $20 billion industry. (AP)

VENEZUELA

Prison evacuated after deadly rioting

CARACAS — Venezuela’s top prisons official said the government evacuated a prison Saturday after a deadly riot that reportedly left dozens of people dead amid a clash between National Guard soldiers and armed inmates. Penitentiary Service Minister Iris Varela said officials removed all inmates from Uribana jail in Barquisimeto on Friday. (AP)

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