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Ex-leader, 11 rebels sentenced to death

August 16, 2008
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CHAD
N'DJAMENA - A Chadian court yesterday sentenced a former president and eleven rebels to death for crimes against the state. Former president Hissene Habre is in exile in Senegal and is awaiting trial there for torture and murder. He is unlikely to be extradited to Chad, officials said. The Chadian court concluded that Habre killed tens of thousands of political opponents during his eight years in power until he was ousted by rebels in 1990. (AP)

AFGHANISTAN
Airstrikes, clashes kill 36 insurgents
KABUL - US-led forces have killed more than 36 insurgents in a series of clashes and airstrikes in southern Afghanistan, the coalition said yesterday. A militant attack on NATO patrol killed two alliance troops. Groups of militants began launching attacks Wednesday on a coalition reconnaissance patrol in the south, using rocket-propelled grenades, machine guns, and small arms fire, the coalition said. (AP)

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
At least 20 killed when buses collide
SANTO DOMINGO - At least 20 people including several Italian tourists were killed yesterday when two buses collided head-on in the Dominican Republic. A car was also involved in the crash on a highway between the eastern cities of La Romana and Higuey, the country's Transportation Authority said. Preliminary reports indicated four of the 26 Italians on board were killed. The cause of the crash was not determined. (AP)

CHINA
15 killed, 20 hurt when bus plunges
BEIJING - A bus veered off the road and plunged into a ravine in central China, killing 15 people, the official Xinhua News Agency said yesterday. All the other 20 people aboard were injured when the bus drove off a mountain road in central Henan province. (AP)

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