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A house rests upside down in Trassenheide, Germany, this week. The structure was built that way to give visitors an alternative view on everyday life.

A house rests upside down in Trassenheide, Germany, this week. The structure was built that way to give visitors an alternative view on everyday life.

Angola: Disorganized election

LUANDA — Angola stumbled on the road to democracy Friday, with voters waiting for hours to take part in the first election in 16 years as ballot shortages and a lack of voting officials wreaked havoc at the polls.

The voting follows one of Africa's longest civil wars, including a resurgence of fighting set off by the last balloting in 1992. But the run-up to the election was relatively peaceful, and voters remained calm Friday despite disorganization and delays. Officials said beyond lack of ballots there was a shortage of ink used to mark voters' fingers to prevent multiple voting and that some polling officials failed to show up.

Bolivia: Protesters block travel

LA PAZ — Protesters stormed a small airport Friday and blocked major highways across eastern Bolivia in a standoff over central government reforms designed to empower Bolivia's indigenous majority.

President Evo Morales' attempts to change the constitution, redirect natural gas revenues to the poor and redistribute fallow land are meeting with staunch opposition from the country's energy-rich eastern provinces. The airport was closed in Cobija after opposition-allied protesters stormed the runways and seized a military aircraft, Army Col. Col. Velasco said, and hundreds of vehicles blocked a highway connecting La Paz and Santa Cruz.

Canada: Zimbabwe sanctions

TORONTO — Canada on Friday joined the U.S. and European Union in imposing sanctions on Zimbabwe's authoritarian regime headed by President Robert Mugabe.

Foreign Affairs Minister David Emerson charged that since the African country's discredited presidential election in March and runoff in June, Mugabe's government has made no effort to promote democratic rule. So Canada is banning arms exports, freezing the assets of top Zimbabwean officials and banning Zimbabwean aircraft from flying over or landing in Canada.

China: Nuclear envoys meet

BEIJING — The top U.S. nuclear envoy met with his Chinese counterpart Saturday as part of the latest round of talks aimed at breaking a deadlock over verification of North Korea's nuclear programs.

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill met Wu Dawei, who represents China in six-nation negotiations that also involve both Koreas, Japan and Russia. The efforts come as Pyongyang is taking steps that indicate it may be reversing its promised disarmament.

Germany: Spacecraft flyby

DARMSTADT — The Rosetta deep space probe successfully passed close to an asteroid 250 million miles from Earth, the European Space Agency said Friday night.

In a mission that may bring man closer to solving the mystery of the solar system's birth, the craft completed its flyby of the Steins asteroid around 3:15 p.m. EDT. Mission manager Gerhard Schwehm said the agency would work to get images and other data collected by the probe processed as soon as possible. He said the first images should be released to the public today.

DESERET NEWS, SATURDAY, SEPT. 6, 2008

A house rests upside down in Trassenheide, Germany, this week. The structure was built that way to give visitors an alternative view on everyday life.