- - Thursday, November 25, 2010

AFGHANISTAN

Election flap heats up

KABUL | The Afghan attorney general’s office on Thursday announced four arrests in its investigation of fraud during the controversial September parliamentary election — a move some Western officials fear is part of efforts by the political elite to overturn the results of certain races.

The arrests are the latest development in the Sept. 18 ballot that was plagued by irregularities and voter intimidation. Election officials discarded 1.3 million ballots — nearly a quarter of the total — for fraud and disqualified 19 winning candidates for cheating.

BRAZIL

Rio police targeting gang’s slum

RIO DE JANEIRO | Elite police units in borrowed navy tanks rumbled through a heavily fortified slum Thursday in an effort to apprehend drug gang leaders they blame for five days of widespread violence even as scores of armed youth fled the shantytown for a neighboring area.

Authorities say the gangs have erected roadblocks on major highways to rob motorists en masse, torched more than 40 cars and buses, and shot up police outposts — all to protest against a security program that has been pushing them from slums where they’ve held sway for decades.

EUROPEAN UNION

Lawmakers: U.S. must aid Iranian group

BRUSSELS | The European Parliament urged the U.S. and the U.N. on Thursday to provide immediate aid to an Iranian opposition group camped near Baghdad since the 1980s.

In a nonbinding resolution, lawmakers asked the European Union to pressure the U.S. government to take the People’s Mujahedeen Organization of Iran off the State Department’s list of foreign terror groups.

The presence of the Iranian group — also known as the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq — which fought alongside Saddam Hussein during his 1980s war with Iran, has long irritated Iraq’s Shiite-led government.

GREECE

Group claims mail bombings

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