Bolivia: Autonomy victory
TARIJA, Bolivia (AP) — Natural gas-rich Tarija became the fourth Bolivian state to declare autonomy from the government of leftist President Evo Morales on Sunday when voters backed greater independence in a referendum, according to two unofficial private projections.
Autonomy backers waved the state's flag and celebrated in Tarija's capital after pollsters released results showing the "yes" vote getting about 80 percent support. Electoral officials said there would be no final results until Wednesday.
Afghanistan: Border clashes
KABUL — Militants in Pakistan fired rockets at NATO bases across the border in Afghanistan, killing three children in a village and prompting the alliance to launch a pair of retaliatory artillery strikes, officials said Sunday.
The clashes could heighten diplomatic tension over Pakistan's inability to stop Islamic militants from operating from its territory — and whether forces in Afghanistan have the right to strike back.
Gaza Strip: More goods arrive
GAZA CITY — Israel allowed dozens of trucks to deliver food, diapers and clothes to the Gaza Strip on Sunday, boosting the flow of basic goods as part of a four-day-old truce with Hamas militants.
Further increases are expected if the quiet continues, offering the prospect of relief for Gazans after a year of Israeli sanctions against the Hamas regime.
Jordan: Iraqi artifacts returned
AMMAN — Jordan turned over Sunday nearly 2,500 stolen Iraqi artifacts to Iraq's top antiquities official, in the latest effort to recover the war-torn nation's stolen heritage.
In the chaos following the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, looters snatched some 15,000 priceless artifacts and smuggled them out of the country. In the last few months, Jordanian authorities seized 2,466 items as they were being taken across the border.
Lebanon: Fighting breaks out
BEIRUT — Fighting broke out in northern Lebanon on Sunday between pro- and anti-government factions leaving at least four people dead and 29 wounded, security and medical officials said.
Tensions have been on the rise for several days between government supporters in Tripoli's Bab el-Tabaneh district and the opposition in neighboring Jabal Mohsen, according to the security officials.
Nigeria: Cease-fire declared
LAGOS — Nigeria's main militant group declared a unilateral cease-fire Sunday, saying elders in the restive southern region had asked the fighters to allow peace efforts to go ahead.
The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta said in a statement that it would halt attacks starting at midnight Tuesday.
The group, which has been behind two years of crippling attacks on Nigeria's oil infrastructure, said it was heeding calls by elders in the Niger Delta. Regional traditional chiefs wield great influence in Nigeria.
Somalia: U.N. official abducted
MOGADISHU — The head of the U.N. refugee agency in Somalia's capital was abducted from his home, the latest in a string of kidnappings in this chaotic African nation, the agency said Sunday.
The man, a Somali who works for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, was taken Saturday from his home on the outskirts of Mogadishu, said Millicent Mutuli, a spokeswoman for the UNHCR in neighboring Kenya.