Pounding Rains Worsen Flooding in MozambiqueBEIRA, Mozambique --Heavy rains from a cyclone sparked more flooding in Mozambique on Sunday, worsening a humanitarian crisis that has already killed 45 people and forced 140,000 from their homes. The Buzi River in central Sofala province overflowed its banks at dawn, threatening as many as 145,000 people, after the remnants of Cyclone Favio pounded the area.
The cyclone slammed into the coast Thursday, killing five people near the southern tourist town of Vilanculos, and although it was downgraded to a tropical storm, it brought pounding rains to a region struggling to cope with flooding.
Relief workers are battling to supply food and fresh water to about 140,000 people displaced by flooding in four central provinces.
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· CONAKRY, Guinea --A general strike in Guinea is to end Tuesday after the president, Gen. Lansana Conté, agreed to choose a new prime minister from a list proposed by opponents, union leaders said.
The strike has gripped the West African nation, the world's top exporter of bauxite, used to make aluminum, since Feb. 12, following an earlier strike in January.
The stoppage triggered violent clashes with security forces across the country in which more than 120 people have been killed since January. Most were unarmed civilians.
Sources involved in the negotiations said that Conté, a reclusive diabetic in his 70s who opponents say is unfit to rule, would announce his choice of premier by March 2.
THE AMERICAS · SAO PAULO, Brazil --Gunmen killed five people in a Sao Paulo slum in what police suspect was a drug-related crime, bringing to 21 the death toll from attacks this month in South America's biggest city.
· CUILAPA, Guatemala --Four imprisoned Guatemalan policemen were killed during a riot by inmates, days after the officers were arrested in connection with the deaths of three Salvadoran politicians, police said. The warden and other prison officials were being held hostage.
On Feb. 19, assailants abducted and killed Eduardo D'Aubuisson -- son of El Salvador's late right-wing leader Roberto D'Aubuisson -- two other Salvadoran officials and their driver. Their charred bodies were found along a road about 20 miles southeast of Guatemala City.
· AMSTERDAM --In one of the biggest cases in its 60-year history, the highest U.N. court is set to rule Monday on whether the killing, rape and ethnic cleansing perpetrated by Serbia in Bosnia during the 1992-95 war constituted genocide.
A judgment by the International Court of Justice in favor of Bosnia could allow the country to seek billions of dollars in compensation from its Balkan neighbor.
Serbia has said such a ruling would prove an unjust and lasting stigma for the state, which overthrew its wartime leader, Slobodan Milosevic, in 2000.
International legal experts say the case is historic because it is the first time a state has been tried on charges of genocide, outlawed in a U.N. convention in 1948.
· HOYOCASERO, Spain --About 150 women traveled by bus to Hoyocasero, a remote Spanish village, in response to an Internet plea from men eager for a love match.
For the 400 residents of the isolated mountain village, a mass invitation seemed like a good idea in the face of a declining population.
Some of the men, who are mostly cattle farmers, leapt onto horses to demonstrate their riding skills to prospective partners. The display was followed by a feast of regional culinary delicacies -- beans, a meat stew and sweets -- and a dance.
THE MIDDLE EAST · NABLUS, West Bank --Israeli soldiers sealed off this city, placed its densely populated center under curfew and conducted house-to-house searches for Palestinian fighters in the largest military operation in the West Bank in months.
Palestinian officials said the offensive threatened efforts to restart the peace process.
· JERUSALEM --Israeli intelligence officials said they saw little chance of Arab neighboring countries, particularly Syria, launching a full-scale war against the Jewish state in 2007, an Israeli official said.
The official, who briefed reporters on a closed-door session of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's cabinet, said leaders of military intelligence and the Mossad spy service had both given assessments.
· AMMAN, Jordan --Saddam Hussein's former chief lawyer said he plans to publish a book in the coming year disclosing secret information about the executed Iraqi leader.
Khalil al-Dulaimi, who served as Hussein's confidant and main legal counsel, said he would reprint up to 300 personal letters, poems and other works by the deposed leader.
Hussein was sentenced to death in November for the killing of 148 Shiites in Dujail after a 1982 attempt to assassinate him. He was hanged Dec. 30 in an unruly scene that brought worldwide criticism of the Iraqi government.
· BANGKOK --Laos has found its first suspected human case of bird flu in a 15-year-old girl, official media reported Monday.
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