World Briefs: Gunmen kill eight police and soldiers

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Iraq

BAGHDAD — Gunmen killed eight police and soldiers in Iraq Sunday, police said, the latest onslaught meant to undermine the Baghdad government.

In the first attack, insurgents in a moving vehicle opened fire from weapons with silencers at a police patrol in Ur, a predominantly Shiite neighborhood of Baghdad, police said. Two policemen were killed and a third was wounded in the early morning shooting.

Several hours later, gunmen also using pistols fitted with silencers killed three private security guards at an amusement park in eastern Baghdad.

In the western province of Anbar, two roadside bombs went off on an army patrol near Fallujah, killing three soldiers, police and hospital officials said.

Security forces and government offices are top targets for insurgents seeking to undermine the Shiite-led Iraqi government.

Zimbabwe

Mugabe’s cronies put wildlife at risk

HARARE — A consortium of wildlife ranchers says tens of thousands of animals face annihilation in a wave of land takeovers in southeastern Zimbabwe by politicians of President Robert Mugabe’s political party.

The Save Valley Conservancy said Sunday that thousands of people’s livelihoods also are threatened in the 1,000 square mile nature preserve and surrounding districts, after hunting permits and land were granted to 25 leaders of the Zimbawe African National Union-Political Front in what was called a black-empowerment program.

In Sunday newspaper advertisements, the consortium said “greedy individuals” — including a provincial governor and a Mugabe Cabinet minister — had used color as “a racial tool” to diminish world-renowned wildlife conservation for short-term gain.

Japan

Typhoon cuts power to 30,000 in Okinawa

TOKYO — The strongest typhoon to hit Okinawa in several years lashed the southern Japanese island and surrounding areas Sunday, injuring four people and cutting off power to about 30,000 households.

Residents were told to stay indoors and warned that the storm’s powerful winds could overturn cars and cause waves of up to 40 feet.

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