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VIOLENCE EASES, RIVALS HOLD NEW TALKS

KENYA

The government said violence over disputed elections had eased enough to lift a monthlong ban on live television broadcasts, while the country's political rivals sat down for new talks Monday despite the withdrawal of a leading mediator. The fighting has killed more than 1,000 people and made 300,000 homeless since the Dec. 27 presidential election, which foreign and local observers say was rigged. Protests have deteriorated into ethnic clashes, with much of the anger aimed at President Mwai Kibaki's Kikuyu tribe, long resented for dominating politics and the economy.

Traffickers sought planes, FBI says

The FBI has uncovered a scheme in which drug profits were allegedly funneled from South American traffickers through Mexican money exchanges to a Miami bank, then used to buy airplanes intended to ferry more cocaine shipments around the world. A Venezuelan man, Pedro Benavides Natera, 48, is jailed in Miami on money laundering charges, and more arrests are possible, according to U.S. court documents.

Italy: The country seemed headed toward elections after the Senate president said Monday that he could not find enough support in Parliament to form a temporary government that would fix the nation's flawed electoral law.

Sri Lanka: The country celebrated its 60th independence anniversary Monday with a display of military might, but suspected rebels marred the holiday by killing 13 passengers in a bus bombing.

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