Mugabe Uses U.N. Event

To Assail Bush and Blair

ROME -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe railed against President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Monday, calling them "international terrorists" bent on world domination and comparing them to Adolf Hitler.

Mugabe departed from his text at a ceremony marking the 60th anniversary of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization to accuse Bush and Blair of illegally invading Iraq and looking to unseat governments elsewhere.

"Must we allow these men, the two unholy men of our millennium, who in the same way as Hitler and Mussolini formed [an] unholy alliance, formed an alliance to attack an innocent country?" he said.

Africa

* MONROVIA, Liberia -- Former international soccer star George Weah will face Liberia's ex-finance minister in a presidential election runoff Nov. 8, an electoral official said.

With 90 percent of the count tallied from the Oct. 11 election, Weah's 257,027 votes put him ahead of his closest rival, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, who got 175,520 votes. A runoff is necessary because none of the 22 candidates won a majority.

Asia

* KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- Taliban guerrillas shot dead a pro-government cleric in southern Afghanistan on Sunday, a government official said. It was the second killing of a religious figure in three days.

Hours before Mohammad Gul was gunned down, guerrillas shot dead Mohammed Dawood, a provincial intelligence chief, officials said.

Dawood's bodyguard was also killed and two other officials were wounded, they added.

* GAUHATI, India -- Machete-wielding attackers ambushed a bus Monday and tribal militants set fire to two villages of a rival group in northeastern India, killing 37 people, officials said.

Militants from the Dimasa tribe, which has recently fought militias from the rival Karbi tribe, attacked a bus and killed 22 travelers with machetes, said D.D. Tripathi, the top administrator of Karbi Anglong district in Assam state. Hours later, assailants set fire to nearly 80 houses in two nearby villages belonging to the Karbi tribe, Tripathi said.

* BAKU, Azerbaijan -- An Azerbaijani opposition leader was arrested in Ukraine and scores of his supporters were detained by police, heightening tensions in the oil-rich former Soviet republic in the run-up to next month's parliamentary elections.

Rasul Guliyev, who has lived in exile in the United States since 1996, was on his way back to his homeland to participate in the Nov. 6 elections when his plane was diverted to Ukraine, where he was arrested on Interpol orders, said Ukrainian Interior Minister Yuri Lutsenko. Guliyev is accused of embezzling government funds, but he rejects the charges as politically motivated.

EUROPE

* MOSCOW -- A prominent Chechen warlord asserted that he was behind militant attacks that left at least 139 people dead last week in the southern Russian city of Nalchik, according to a statement posted on a Web site connected to rebels.

The statement was the first claim of a direct link between the attacks and Shamil Basayev. Previous statements on the Kavkaz Center Web site had said the attacks were carried out by militants affiliated with the Chechen rebels.

-- From News Services