LA PAZ — President Evo Morales appeared headed to easy re-election with a strong mandate for further revolutionary change on behalf of Bolivia's long-suppressed indigenous majority. Opponents say they fear the leftist coca-growers' union leader will use a consolidation of power also to trample human rights and deepen state control of the economy. An unofficial count of 88 percent of the vote by the Equipos-Mori polling firm said Morales won 63 percent of the vote.
West Bank: $64M aid
RAMALLAH — The Palestinian Authority on Sunday signed an agreement with the World Bank and other donors for $64 million to help it prepare for statehood. World Bank official Shamshad Akhtar says the goal was to boost Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad's plan to set up institutions for a state within two years, though talks with Israel are stalemated. The World Bank will administer the project, with part of the funding coming from Sweden, Denmark and the German development bank.
MOGADISHU — The Somali government replaced its police and army chiefs Sunday ahead of a planned military offensive, the Somali information minister said. The reshuffle came as fresh clashes between insurgents and government forces in the capital killed six people, including a mother and two children. Government spokesman Abdi Haji Gobdoon announced that former police commander Abdi Hassan Awale was being replaced by Maj. Gen. Ali Mohamed Hasan and former army chief Gen. Yusuf Hussein Dhumal was replaced by Lt. Gen. Mohamed Gele Kahiye.
BUCHAREST — Both candidates claimed victory in Romania's presidential runoff Sunday, leaving the outcome uncertain in an election Romanians hope can pull the country out of its worst political and economic crisis in 20 years. Three exit polls showed the country's left-leaning ex-foreign minister Mircea Geoana appearing to lead incumbent Traian Basescu by a slim margin. The first official vote tallies were expected sometime Monday.
SEOUL — President Barack Obama's special envoy conferred with South Korean officials Monday on the eve of a rare trip to North Korea aimed at bringing the communist country back to international nuclear disarmament talks. Stephen Bosworth's three-day visit to Pyongyang starting Tuesday represents the first bilateral talks between the U.S. and the North since Obama took office in January. On Monday, Bosworth met with South Korea's chief nuclear envoy, Wi Sung-lac.
PORT-AU-PRINCE — An Italian journalist was mortally wounded by gunmen who may have tried to rob him outside a bank in Haiti's capital, Haitian media reported Sunday. Francesco Fantoli died of his wounds at a hospital run by the international aid group Doctors Without Borders shortly after arriving around 1 p.m. Saturday, said Michelle Chouinard, head of mission for the French section of the group. The 54-year-old journalist and filmmaker had lived in Haiti for several years and was known for his sports commentary.