ASIA Manila Steps Up Security After Attacks MANILA -- Police with bomb-sniffing dogs patrolled rail station entrances and conducted random vehicle searches as officials stepped up security yesterday in Manila after the latest terrorist blast to hit the Philippines.
Seeking to ease public concerns, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo appealed for calm in a national radio and television address, saying the Philippines would not be bullied by terrorists.
"A few troublemakers with limited capabilities are trying to bully 80 million Filipinos into living in fear and terror," Arroyo said. "Let us not be cowed into submission."
Her address followed a security meeting called after a powerful blast ripped through a bus late Friday in suburban Manila, killing two people and injuring more than 20. On Thursday, two bombs exploded in southern Zamboanga, killing seven people and injuring 152.
Associated PressEUROPE Bosnian Nationalists' Victory Confirmed SARAJEVO, Bosnia -- Bosnia's three nationalist parties beat moderates in the country's first self-organized elections since the 1992-95 war, according to official results.
The final results of the Oct. 5 elections confirmed preliminary reports of the nationalists' comeback. Western officials had urged the country's Muslims, Croats and Serbs to vote for reforms and ethnic cooperation instead of nationalist policies that had spurred Bosnia's war, Europe's bloodiest conflict since World War II.
In Bosnia's three-member presidency, Sulejman Tihic of the Muslim-only Party for Democratic Action defeated former prime minister Haris Silajdzic 37 percent to 34 percent for the Muslim seat.
Dragan Covic of the hard-line Croat Democratic Union won 61.5 percent for the Croat presidential spot, while Mirko Sarovic of the Serb Democratic Party secured 35.5 percent for the Serb seat.
Associated PressAFRICA Rebel Group Retakes Port Town in Congo BUKAVU, Congo -- Congo's Rwandan-backed main rebel group said it had retaken the strategic port town of Uvira after fighting in which scores of civilians and soldiers died, reigniting the war in eastern Congo.
The rebel advance triggered the flight of more than 30,000 inhabitants of Uvira toward the Burundi border. The rebel group, the Rally for Congolese Democracy, said it had recaptured Uvira, which pro-government tribal Mai-Mai militias had taken six days ago.
President Paul Kagame of Rwanda accused Congo's president, Joseph Kabila, of backing militias in eastern Congo and undermining efforts to bring peace to the country.
Under a peace accord between Rwanda and Congo, most foreign troops withdrew from Congo this month, but violence has flared as a power vacuum left by retreating armies spawned renewed tension.