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PAKISTANISLAMABAD - Pakistan’s Supreme Court suspended the presidential appointment of two top judges in an emergency ruling yesterday that could cause a destabilizing clash between the judiciary and the Western-backed government. As local media reported the country was headed into a political crisis, President Asif Ali Zardari’s spokesman dismissed rumors the government was planning to declare a state of emergency.
Rebels are meeting terms of cease-fireSANA - Yemen’s northern rebels have withdrawn from an occupied airport and begun tearing down roadblocks, fulfilling the conditions of a cease-fire agreement with the government, a rebel spokesman said. Yemen has come under intense international pressure to end the conflict to free up resources to confront an emerging threat from an Al Qaeda offshoot that has set up operations in the country.
Electric cable falls, killing at least 20PORT HARCOURT - At least 20 people were killed in Nigeria when a cable fell onto the bus. Police confirmed 20 deaths, but spokeswoman Rita Abbey said the toll could climb further. Most of the dead had been passengers aboard the bus, though some had been passing nearby when the cable came tumbling down during heavy rains that have pummeled southern Nigeria.
Millions head home for Lunar New YearBEIJING - Train and bus stations overflowed and airports were packed yesterday as tens of millions of Chinese rushed home to be with their families for the start of the Lunar New Year holiday and the Year of the Tiger. The holiday is the most important of the year in China, with families expected to welcome in the New Year.
1 million expected at Carnival partyRIO DE JANEIRO - Organizers expected up to 1 million people to turn out yesterday for the Bola Preta street party, or “bloco,’’ Carnival’s biggest bash. Dressed in black and white, the revelers sang along to traditional Carnival songs.
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