India: Hindu nationalists win
AHMADABAD Hindu nationalists won a crucial test of political support Sunday with a resounding victory in a state election, fought in the shadow of anti-Muslim riots that left more than 1,000 people dead in 2002.
The vote in Gujarat, in western India, was a personal victory for Narendra Modi, arguably India's most divisive politician, who was re-elected to the state's top job.
Bangladesh: 1 million homeless
DHAKA More than 1 million people who survived Tropical Cyclone Sidr are in need of basic shelter five weeks after it slammed into Bangladesh and killed more than 3,300 people, the Red Cross said.
The Nov. 15 cyclone destroyed or damaged more than 1.5 million houses, and there has been a serious shortfall of funds to address these needs, said a statement by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies received Sunday.
Brazil: Influential cardinal dies
SAO PAULO Aloisio Lorscheider, one of Latin America's most influential cardinals, died Sunday after a lengthy hospital stay. He was 83.
The Brazilian cardinal was hospitalized in early December with a heart condition, the Aparecida Archdiocese said in a statement.
Corsica: Bombs injure 2
AJACCIO Assailants set off two bombs nearly simultaneously in Corsica early Sunday, one of which injured two people, police officials said.
The first explosion ripped into a government treasury office in the resort town of Ajaccio at about 5:30 a.m. The second blast targeted a military barracks, blowing out windows at homes nearby and injuring an elderly woman and a 5-year-old child.
Germany: Sudanese men beaten
BERLIN A group of suspected soccer hooligans racially abused and beat up two Sudanese men and a German who tried to intervene on their behalf, police and prosecutors in the eastern city of Dresden said Sunday.
According to police, several men among the group of 10 to 15 suspected hooligans began taunting the Sudanese men at a nightclub in downtown Dresden, prompting club security guards to intervene.
Haiti: Plea made to kidnappers
PORT-AU-PRINCE President Rene Preval asked kidnappers to stop targeting youngsters during a somber holiday address Sunday in this impoverished Caribbean nation.
Preval made his plea before handing gifts to 500 disabled children at the national palace in Port-au-Prince. Standing beside Haitian music stars and an aide dressed as Santa Claus, he first implored and then threatened criminals to stop abducting children.
Nepal: Rebels end political crisis
KATMANDU Nepal's former communist rebels agreed Sunday to rejoin the government, officials said, signaling an end to a political crisis that led to the indefinite postponement of elections. The pact will also abolish Nepal's monarchy.
No date has been set for the ex-rebels, usually referred to as Maoists, to rejoin the government. They left in September, demanding the immediate abolition of the monarchy and changes to the election system.
Peru: 3 caught swallowing drug
LIMA A woman and two youths were detained in Peru after the trio allegedly ingested capsules of cocaine and attempted to board an airplane to Argentina, a police official said Sunday.
The three were questioned at Lima's international airport Saturday night and taken to a nearby hospital, where they expelled capsules of cocaine, said Police Gen. Miguel Hidalgo.