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By Lesley Wroughton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Friday urged Zimbabwe to allow outside observers led by a regional consortium of African nations to monitor elections to ensure the vote is peaceful and credible. The 15-member Southern African Development Community, which includes South Africa, has called a summit this weekend to help Zimbabwe raise an estimated $132 million needed for an election. ...
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A heavy equipment operator with a lengthy rap sheet was high on marijuana when a downtown building collapsed onto a thrift store, killing six people, and he will be charged in their deaths, a top city official said as authorities moved swiftly to assign blame for the deadly construction mishap.
TEXARKANA, Texas (AP) — Shannon Richardson had been married to her husband less than two years when she went to authorities and told them her suspicions: He was the one who had mailed ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg threatening violence against gun-control advocates.
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Former South African President Nelson Mandela's medical condition was "serious this time", a government spokesman told local television on Saturday. The 94-year-old anti-apartheid hero and the country's first black president was taken to hospital early on Saturday for a recurring lung infection. "The situation is serious this time but doctors have assured us he is comfortable," presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj told television station eNCA.
By Andrea Shalal-Esa and Joseph Menn WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The Obama administration's cybersecurity agenda, which includes expanding the military's Cyber Command and beefing up protection for critical infrastructure, faces more intense scrutiny after two vast domestic surveillance programs were exposed this week. Civil liberties groups say the revelations give new life to several privacy lawsuits against the National Security Agency, which hit the headlines twice in two days for secretly monitoring Americans' phone records and internet activity. ...