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Final vote results delayed until Friday

BAGHDAD — Final results from Iraq’s referendum on a new constitution likely will not be announced until Friday at the earliest because of delays getting counts to the capital and a wide-ranging audit of an unexpectedly high number of “yes” votes, election officials said.

Meanwhile, insurgent attacks began to heat up again after being nearly silent on referendum day Saturday, when polling stations across the country were heavily protected.

A U.S. soldier was fatally shot in Mosul, 225 miles northwest of Baghdad, early yesterday, the military said. In fighting in western Iraq, two U.S. Marines and four militants were killed Monday near the town of Rutba, not far from the Jordanian border.


Gunfire erupts in search for militants

NALCHIK — Security forces sealed off parts of this southern Russian city after shooting erupted during their search for suspected militants yesterday. A suspect in last week’s attacks by purported Islamist extremists was reported killed in a clash with police.

Residents were advised not to leave their homes, and parents were told to take their children home from school. The regional Interior Ministry told people to carry their identity documents and to obey police commands to stop their cars immediately.

Militants conducted a series of coordinated attacks on police and other government buildings in Nalchik on Thursday. The fighting killed 137 persons, official data show.


Libya’s ‘assurances’ allow deportations

LONDON — The British government said it now is free to deport suspected Libyan promoters of terrorism after Libya gave “assurances” about their safety in an agreement finalized yesterday.

The memorandum of understanding, signed in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, comes after a similar deal with Jordan in August, which the British government says allows it “to safely deport foreign nationals.”


Glasnost ‘godfather’ Yakovlev dies

MOSCOW — Alexander Yakovlev, a key architect of Mikhail Gorbachev’s political reforms of perestroika and glasnost that shook the last years of the Soviet Union, died yesterday, said a foundation he headed. He was 81.

Mr. Yakovlev died at his home in Moscow of an unspecified illness, a spokesman for Mr. Yakovlev’s International Democracy Foundation said.

Mr. Yakovlev was known as the “godfather of glasnost” for spearheading Mr. Gorbachev’s policy of openness that gradually lifted the heavy hand of the state off the press and individual speech.


Report favors flights to moon, Mars

LONDON — Britain should send astronauts to the moon and Mars, a Royal Astronomical Society report recommended yesterday.

The report, commissioned by the 185-year-old RAS, says the British government should support human space exploration for the first time and play a full role in international manned missions to the moon and Mars.

Britain long has opposed human spaceflight in favor of robotic missions.

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