Washington, D.C.

Huckabee confirms he's running

Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, in an appearance on Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press," said it is "pretty evident" he is running for president. Huckabee sought to clarify his positions on a range of topics that are shaping the 2016 conversation. Notably, the Arkansas Republican walked a fine line — and indicated a split with other conservative hopefuls — when asked about immigration policy.

Pakistan

Terrorists cause widespread blackout

Towns and cities across Pakistan plunged into darkness when what officials said was an attack by militants on a transmission line short-circuited the national electricity grid. Emergency efforts to end the blackout, described as Pakistan's worst ever, resulted in a partial restoration of power in the capital, Islamabad, and the most populous city, Karachi, by Sunday evening. Eighty percent of the country remained without power.

Zambia

Lungu sworn in as new president

After weeks of political wrangling and tension, Edgar Lungu was sworn as Zambia's new president, overcoming a close political challenge and divisions within his own Patriotic Front party to secure a narrow majority in an election called after the death of his predecessor in October. Lungu, who headed both the Justice and Defense ministries in the previous government, will serve out the remainder of President Michael Sata's term.

Philippines

30 Filipino police commandos killed

More than 30 police commandos were killed in a clash with Muslim insurgents in the southern Philippines in the biggest single-day combat loss for Filipino forces in many years. Dozens of commandos had entered the village of Tukanalipao at dawn looking for a top terror suspect, but had a "misencounter" with members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, said Mayor Tahirudin Benzar Ampatuan of Mamasapano.

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