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Mugabe wins again in Zimbabwe, leaving rival greatly weakened

HARARE, Zimbabwe — Robert Mugabe, who has led Zimbabwe since it threw off white rule in 1980, won another term as president after a disputed election held Wednesday, defeating his main challenger, Morgan Tsvangirai, with 61 percent of the vote, the Zimbabwe Election Commission said Saturday. Mugabe’s party also won more than two-thirds of the seats in Parliament, giving it a supermajority to make changes to the constitution. (New York Times)

BRITAIN

Global alert issued on jail break risks

LONDON — Interpol issued a global security alert Saturday, citing prison breaks across nine nations in the past month, including some in which Al Qaeda is suspected of playing a role, and asked for help to determine whether the operations “are coordinated or linked.” The international police organization requested that its 190 member nations “closely follow and swiftly process any information linked to these events and the escaped prisoners.” It also cited the anniversaries of notable terrorist attacks by Islamic extremists and a similar security alert issued by the State Department on Friday. (New York Times)

ITALY

Vehicle ban begins
near Colosseum

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ROME — To protect its ancient glories from modern perils, Rome is banning cars and motor scooters from the boulevard that slices through the city’s ancient forums toward the Colosseum. Police started enforcing the restrictions at dawn Saturday, diverting private cars and motor scooters to side streets, so they will no longer clog the Via dei Fori Imperiali. Only buses, taxis, bicycles, and pedestrians will be allowed on the boulevard, built in the 1930s by Benito Mussolini so parades passed reminders of the Roman empire. (AP)

LEBANON

Syrian planes kill
9 people at border

BEIRUT — Syrian warjets hit targets near the border with Lebanon on Saturday, killing at least nine people, the Lebanese state-run news agency and security officials said. The jets targeted the rebel-held town of Yabroud inside Syria, across from Lebanese villages with Syrians who fled a government offensive in June, a Lebanese security official said. (AP)

CAMBODIA

Rival parties back election inquiry

PHNOM PENH — The two rival parties claiming victory in Cambodia’s general election reached a deal Saturday with the National Election Committee to investigate polling irregularities, a move that may pave the way to ending the country’s political deadlock. (AP)

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