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Nelson Mandela released from hospital

South Africa

JOHANNESBURG — Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black president, was discharged from a hospital in Pretoria on Saturday after a nine-day stay to receive treatment for pneumonia, the South African government said. Mandela, who is 94 and in frail health, has been hospitalized three times in the past four months. He will continue to receive medical care at his home in Johannesburg, the statement said. (New York Times)


2 builders arrested after fatal collapse

MUMBAI — Police arrested two builders as rescue workers on Saturday finished a two-day search for survivors in the collapse of a residential building being constructed illegally in India’s financial capital. At least 72 people were killed in the accident. Another 70 people were injured when the eight-story building in the Mumbai suburb of Thane caved in Thursday evening, police said. (AP)


President names new prime minister

BEIRUT — Tammam Salam, a scion of a prominent political family, was officially named the new prime minister of Lebanon on Saturday after a string of endorsements from the country’s warring factions over the past few days. Salam, 68, was named to the post by the president after he garnered 124 of the 128 votes in Parliament. (New York Times)


Suicide bomber’s blast kills 20 others


BAGHDAD — A suicide bomber blew himself up Saturday at a lunch hosted by a Sunni candidate in Iraq’s upcoming regional elections, killing 20 people, officials said. The blast ripped through a hospitality tent pitched next to the house of Muthana al-Jourani, who is running for the provincial council and held the lunch rally for supporters, councilman Sadiq al-Huseini said. (AP)