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Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai listens to questions during a news conference. He said that negotiations are the only way to end the country's crisis.

Senegal: Zimbabwe talks

DAKAR — The leader of Zimbabwe's opposition said Thursday he has faith in political talks with President Robert Mugabe's government, saying negotiations are the only way to end a crisis that has brought his nation "to its knees."

Morgan Tsvangirai spoke to reporters in Senegal's capital, where he met with Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade and urged him to help find a peaceful settlement in Zimbabwe's violent political stalemate.

Canada: Grisly attack on bus

PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, Manitoba — Passengers aboard a Canadian bus fled in horror as a fellow traveler viciously attacked his seat mate, repeatedly stabbing him and then severing his head, witnesses said Thursday.

Police said a 40-year-old man was arrested after the grisly attack late Wednesday night aboard a Greyhound bus en route from Edmonton, Alberta, to Winnipeg, Manitoba. The suspect was captured as he tried to escape from the bus early Thursday about three hours after the violence, Royal Canadian Mounted Police Sgt. Steve Colwell told reporters.

Passenger Garnet Caton said the victim, who appeared to be about 19, was sleeping with headphones on when his seat mate suddenly began stabbing him as the bus traveled a desolate stretch of the TransCanada Highway, a dozen miles from Portage La Prairie.

Haiti: Prime minister ratified

PORT-AU-PRINCE — Haitian lawmakers ratified Michele Pierre-Louis to be the impoverished country's prime minister on Thursday, ending more than three months of political bickering and deadlock in Parliament.

Haiti's Senate ratified Pierre-Louis to be the country's No. 2 leader by a 12-0 vote, making her the second woman to become prime minister of Haiti. There were five abstentions.

Thailand: Bush on Asia

BANGKOK — President Bush on Thursday countered critics who claim his global war on terror has lessened Washington's role in Asia and allowed China's influence to grow in the region.

Preparing to embark on a three-country Asian trip, Bush said in interviews with senior Asian editors in Washington that "our foreign policy has been robust in the Far East." His remarks were carried in Bangkok newspapers Friday. Bush is to visit Thailand, South Korea and China Aug. 5-11, a tour that will include attendance at the Olympic Games in Beijing.

Tonga: 23rd king crowned

NUKU'ALOFA — George Tupou V was crowned as the 23rd King of Tonga on Friday in an elaborate ceremony that many expect will usher in a new, more democratic era for the South Pacific nation.

The Christian ceremony was the culmination of almost a week of festivities that included roast pig feasts, tribal rites and British-style pomp. The coronation was the first in Tonga since 1967 when George V's father, the late King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV, ascended to the throne.

United Nations: Darfur peace

The U.N. Security Council approved another year of peacekeeping in Sudan's bloodied Darfur region Thursday night, but the U.S. abstained from a vote that reflected sharp divisions over genocide charges against the Sudanese president.

The United States, despite support for the struggling peacekeeping mission, did not vote because of its opposition to any delay in efforts to prosecute Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir. The resolution that was approved 14-0 carried language that noted an African Union request to freeze the International Criminal Court's prosecution of al-Bashir.

DESERET NEWS, FRIDAY, AUG. 1, 2008

Senegal: Zimbabwe talks

DAKAR — The leader of Zimbabwe's opposition said Thursday he has faith in political talks with President Robert Mugabe's government, saying negotiations are the only way to end a crisis that has brought his nation "to its knees."

Morgan Tsvangirai spoke to reporters in Senegal's capital, where he met with Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade and urged him to help find a peaceful settlement in Zimbabwe's violent political stalemate.

Canada: Grisly attack on bus

PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, Manitoba — Passengers aboard a Canadian bus fled in horror as a fellow traveler viciously attacked his seat mate, repeatedly stabbing him and then severing his head, witnesses said Thursday.

Police said a 40-year-old man was arrested after the grisly attack late Wednesday night aboard a Greyhound bus en route from Edmonton, Alberta, to Winnipeg, Manitoba. The suspect was captured as he tried to escape from the bus early Thursday about three hours after the violence, Royal Canadian Mounted Police Sgt. Steve Colwell told reporters.

Passenger Garnet Caton said the victim, who appeared to be about 19, was sleeping with headphones on when his seat mate suddenly began stabbing him as the bus traveled a desolate stretch of the TransCanada Highway, a dozen miles from Portage La Prairie.

Haiti: Prime minister ratified

PORT-AU-PRINCE — Haitian lawmakers ratified Michele Pierre-Louis to be the impoverished country's prime minister on Thursday, ending more than three months of political bickering and deadlock in Parliament.

Haiti's Senate ratified Pierre-Louis to be the country's No. 2 leader by a 12-0 vote, making her the second woman to become prime minister of Haiti. There were five abstentions.

Thailand: Bush on Asia

BANGKOK — President Bush on Thursday countered critics who claim his global war on terror has lessened Washington's role in Asia and allowed China's influence to grow in the region.

Preparing to embark on a three-country Asian trip, Bush said in interviews with senior Asian editors in Washington that "our foreign policy has been robust in the Far East." His remarks were carried in Bangkok newspapers Friday. Bush is to visit Thailand, South Korea and China Aug. 5-11, a tour that will include attendance at the Olympic Games in Beijing.

Tonga: 23rd king crowned

NUKU'ALOFA — George Tupou V was crowned as the 23rd King of Tonga on Friday in an elaborate ceremony that many expect will usher in a new, more democratic era for the South Pacific nation.

The Christian ceremony was the culmination of almost a week of festivities that included roast pig feasts, tribal rites and British-style pomp. The coronation was the first in Tonga since 1967 when George V's father, the late King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV, ascended to the throne.

United Nations: Darfur peace

The U.N. Security Council approved another year of peacekeeping in Sudan's bloodied Darfur region Thursday night, but the U.S. abstained from a vote that reflected sharp divisions over genocide charges against the Sudanese president.

The United States, despite support for the struggling peacekeeping mission, did not vote because of its opposition to any delay in efforts to prosecute Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir. The resolution that was approved 14-0 carried language that noted an African Union request to freeze the International Criminal Court's prosecution of al-Bashir.

DESERET NEWS, FRIDAY, AUG. 1, 2008