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Businessman claims victory in election

By Times Wires
Published November 5, 2007


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GUATEMALA

A businessman promising to end Guatemala's desperate poverty claimed victory in Sunday's presidential election after results from 95 percent of the vote showed him with a 6 percentage-point lead over his rival. Alvaro Colom of the center-left National Unity of Hope Party had nearly 53 percent of the vote, while Otto Perez Molina, a retired general with the conservative Patriotic Party, had 47 percent, according to results posted online by electoral officials. "I am the nation's president elect," Colom told cheering supporters. Perez, however, did not concede defeat in the tightly contested vote.

BRAZIL

8 die as jet crashesinto neighborhood

An executive jet crashed in a heavily populated neighborhood of Sao Paulo on Sunday, killing at least eight people and turning homes into a pile of smoky rubble just months after the city was the site of Brazil's deadliest air disaster. The plane, a Learjet 35 belonging to a Brazilian air taxi company, slammed into several houses shortly after taking off, said Lucia Ferreira, a spokeswoman for airport authority Infraero. Killed in the crash were the pilot, the co-pilot and at least six people on the ground, including a child, according to authorities.

MEXICO

500,000 homeless after flooding

Residents began running perilously short of food and water in Mexico's southern Gulf Coast Sunday after a week of devastating floods that destroyed or damaged the homes of as many as 500,000 people. Authorities said two bodies were found Sunday floating in brackish waters covering much of the region. If confirmed that the deaths were caused by the flooding, the disaster's toll would stand at 10.

CHINA

Gates will pressChina for openness

Defense Secretary Robert Gates arrived Sunday in Beijing to begin two days of talks with senior leaders, and Pentagon officials said he planned to press for a more open dialogue on China's military while discussing ways to build trust and cooperation. "I don't consider China at this point a military threat to the United States," Gates said before he left for China. But "I have concerns with a variety of military programs that they have under way," he added.

Elsewhere

Israel: Police said Sunday that they arrested two weeks ago three Palestinian militants who allegedly planned to kill the mayor of Jerusalem in a suicide attack.

Chad: Seven Europeans among 17 detained for more than a week in an alleged attempt to kidnap 103 African children were released Sunday and left the country with French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

[Last modified November 5, 2007, 00:33:27]


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