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Police said about 10,000 people filled a plaza in central Bangkok. The size of the crowd was rivaled by the security force, with more than 10,000 police mobilized for the protest and another 13,000 soldiers on standby in case of violence.
Suicide bombers kill at least four
KABUL — Taliban suicide bombers carried out a second day of attacks in Afghanistan yesterday, killing at least four persons in the capital and a northern city, raising tensions in areas that had been considered relatively secure.
A suicide car-bomber attacked a military-civilian convoy in Kabul in the morning, killing at least three civilians and wounding five others. Hours later, two bombers riding a motorcycle attacked a Swiss military reconstruction team in Mazar-e-Sharif, killing at least one Afghan civilian and wounding 15.
Stolen Nobel prize returned to Tutu
JOHANNESBURG — The Nobel Peace Prize stolen from the Soweto home of South Africa’s leading anti-apartheid hero Desmond Tutu was returned to his wife yesterday, police said.
Apart from the Nobel gold medal, which the former archbishop of Cape Town won in 1984, electrical goods including two television sets and a DVD player, jewelry and other awards stolen from the house were returned to his wife, Leah, police said.
Five men — ages 21 to 39 — were charged Tuesday with theft and the illegal possession of stolen goods taken during the burglary of the cleric’s home.
Islamist fighters offered pardon
MOGADISHU — Somalia’s government yesterday proposed to pardon Islamist militias that have been fighting authorities for months and release former fighters from jail, officials said.
The Cabinet met yesterday and decided to extend “an olive branch to the former Islamic Courts militias, other anti-government militias and the opposition politicians as well,” a government spokesman said.
Meanwhile, African Union peacekeepers said they had destroyed about 4 tons of ammunition, mines and grenades discovered during several raids in the Somali capital.
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