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Gahdafi tells South African president he's ready for truce

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Gadhafi says he's ready for truce

Moammar Gadhafi is ready for a truce to stop the fighting in his country, visiting South African President Jacob Zuma said Monday after meeting the Libyan ruler, but he listed familiar Gadhafi conditions that have scuttled previous cease-fire efforts.

Zuma said Gadhafi would accept an African Union initiative for a cease-fire that would end hostilities, including NATO airstrikes. He said Gadhafi insists that "all Libyans be given a chance to talk among themselves" to determine the country's future. He did not say Gadhafi is ready to step down, the central demand of the rebels.

Haiti

Report lowers death toll from earthquake

Far fewer people died or were left homeless by last year's devastating earthquake than claimed by Haitian leaders, a report commissioned by the U.S. government has concluded — challenging a central premise behind a multibillion-dollar aid and reconstruction effort.

The report, a copy of which was obtained Monday by the Associated Press, estimates that the death toll was between 46,000 and 85,000, far below the Haitian government's official figure of 316,000.

MOGADISHU, Somalia

Attackers kill 3 at peacekeeping base

Three people were killed when suicide bombers attacked an African Union peacekeeping base in the Somali capital Monday, the AU said.

Incidents on four other bases initially believed to be similar attacks appeared to be false alarms, a Nairobi-based diplomat said.

Suicide bombers drove up to a key AU base and engaged the troops there in a firefight but were unable to get in, the AU said.

Gauhati, India

At least 26 die when bus falls into pond

At least 26 people were killed when a bus carrying a wedding party crashed into a pond near Hajo, a village about 25 miles west of Gauhati, the capital of Assam state, an official said.

Local magistrate S.K. Roy said the bus was crossing a wooden bridge over the pond when the bridge gave way. The bus fell more than 15 feet into the water below.

Local television said the bus was carrying 40 to 50 passengers.

Elsewhere

Georgia: Authorities charged Badri Bitsadze, the husband of Nino Burdzhanadze, a former Parliament speaker and now a government critic, with attempting to orchestrate a government takeover using paramilitary groups during violent antigovernment protests last week

Gaza City: The Hamas militant group has turned the home of its founder, Sheik Ahmed Yassin, into a museum — seven years after the Palestinian cleric was killed in a 2004 Israeli airstrike.

Times wires

Gahdafi tells South African president he's ready for truce 05/30/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 31, 2011 12:57am]
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