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Images of 100-foot-high flames shooting up near part of China’s strategic oil reserves drew the immediate attention of President Hu Jintao and other top leaders.


Lawmakers reject ban on burqas

MADRID | Spain’s parliament on Tuesday rejected a proposal to ban women from wearing in public places Islamic veils that reveal only the eyes.

However, the socialist government has said it favors a ban on wearing burqas in government buildings in an upcoming bill on religious issues to be debated after parliament’s summer break.

After a lower-chamber debate, 183 lawmakers opposed the ban, 162 voted for it and two abstained.


Presidential vote will go to runoff

CONAKRY | Guinea’s top court announced final results from last month’s presidential election and confirmed that the top two finishers will face each other in a runoff.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Mamadou Sima Sylla said Tuesday that former Prime Minister Cellou Dalein Diallo garnered nearly 44 percent of the vote, short of the simple majority needed to avoid a second round.

Longtime opposition politician Alpha Conde won about 18 percent, while another former prime minister, Sidya Toure, came in third place, with close to 13 percent of the vote.

The election has been praised as the first free vote in Guinea’s dictator-plagued history. No date for the second round has been confirmed.

From wire dispatches and staff reports