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Bangla poll clash

Dhaka, Dec. 9 (Reuters): Police fired rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse armed protesters staging blockades across Bangladesh today as part of an Opposition push to get an independent administration to oversee next year’s general election.

Activists from the country’s two main political parties hurled homemade bombs and threatened to use guns and other weapons.

Mandela

Pretoria (Reuters): Nelson Mandela spent a second day in a Pretoria military hospital on Sunday for medical tests and the government said his condition was comfortable.

Icon vandal

Warsaw (Reuters): A man hurled cans of paint at Poland’s most sacred icon on Sunday in an attack that failed to damage the Black Madonna of Jasna Gora but shocked many in the staunchly Catholic country.

Astronomer

London (Reuters): British astronomer Patrick Moore, who helped map the moon and inspired generations of star gazers with decades of television broadcasts, died on Sunday. He was 89.

Fresh term

Kiev (Reuters): Ukraine Prime Minister Mykola Azarov has been nominated for a fresh term in the post.

Drone attack

Islamabad (Reuters): A US drone attack killed an al Qaida commander in Pakistan’s northwest on Sunday, the second militant leader to be killed in the strikes in three days. Mohammad Ahmed Almansoor was killed with three others.


 
 
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