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Rival rejects Nigeria vote result, thousands flee unrest

KANO – The Muslim opposition candidate in Nigeria’s presidential polls rejected the results Wednesday but urged calm after deadly post-election riots, amid a rush to help nearly 40,000 displaced. Authorities say many were killed the violence, which saw corpses burnt beyond recognition and bodies reportedly thrown into wells, but have refused to give a toll, saying it could spark reprisals and would be inaccurate.
There were reports of fresh clashes in the northern state of

Thousands rally at funeral in Syria

NICOSIA – Thousands of Syrians on Saturday attended the funeral of a man killed in the northwestern city of Banias, while some 2,000 women staged a separate rally in his honour, witnesses and activists said.
The mourners chanted slogans in favor of greater freedoms, against the ruling Baath party, in power since 1963, and some also called for an end to the regime, the sources told AFP. Osama al-Shikha, 40, died from his wounds after being shot on April 10 when witnesses said

Thousands protest in Syria again

DAMASCUS – Pro-democracy protests have erupted again in Syria, a day after President Bashar al-Assad announced a new cabinet in hopes of quelling the growing movement.
Witnesses said thousands of people marched in the southern city of Daraa after Friday prayers, chanting for freedom. The city has become the epicenter of protests which began last month.
On Thursday, President Assad unveiled a new 30-member cabinet and ordered the release of detainees arrested in the last

Thousands throng Garhi Khuda Bux for ZAB’s anniversary

LARKANA – Thousand of people from across Pakistan have gathered in Garhi Khuda Bux (GKB), native village of Bhutto family to observe the 32nd death anniversary of the PPP’s founding leader and first elected Prime Minister of Pakistan, Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.
PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and President Asif Ali Zardari, also the party’s co-chairman, arrived Sunday to participate in the event. Meanwhile, extra ordinary security arrangements have been made as a result of

Thousands defy Assad to protest in Syria

DAMASCUS – Thousands of Syrians emerged from prayers to protest in the country’s north and south on Friday, in the first rallies since President Bashar al-Assad dashed hopes for greater freedoms. Witnesses in Daraa, one of the main focal points of rising dissent, told AFP that thousands of faithful gathered outside the flashpoint southern town’s courthouse after leaving a mosque.
“Death rather than humiliation,” and “National Unity,” they shouted.Chants were also directed against

Thousands throng around screens to watch India duel

ISLAMABAD – Millions of Pakistanis gathered on Wednesday around giant screens set up on streets and in playgrounds across the country to witness the World Cup semi-final thriller with rival India.
The government declared a half-day holiday in offices and schools to enable the cricket-mad population to enjoy a match dubbed the “clash of titans”. Special prayers were offered in mosques and at homes and people recited verses from the Kora,n praying to Allah to guide the Pakistani

Thai floods kill 15 dead, thousands stranded

BANGKOK – Thailand mobilised its only aircraft carrier as efforts to rescue thousands trapped on storm-swept holiday islands intensified on Wednesday after severe flooding across the south killed 15.
Victims were either swept away by the rising waters, or buried in mudslides as the unseasonably wet weather deluged the homes and businesses of around a million people in what should be one of the hottest months of the year.
Rising waters have choked off road and rail links to