- March 25, 2012 - 10:55 PM
CALIFORNIAIraqi woman beaten in dining room dies
A woman from Iraq who was found beaten next to a note saying "go back to your country" has died. Shaima Alawa, a 32-year-old mother of five, was taken off life support on Saturday. Alawadi had been hospitalized since her 17-year-old daughter found her unconscious in the dining room of the family's suburban San Diego house on Wednesday. "A hate crime is one of the possibilities," Lt. Mark Coit said.
SENEGALLong-time president concedes defeat
President Abdoulaye Wade conceded defeat to former protegé Macky Sall after preliminary results showed the opposition candidate had trounced Wade, 85. The move alleviated fears that Wade would attempt to stay in office after 12 years or would challenge the runoff results. Wade had seen his popularity suffer amid soaring costs of living and unemployment in the West African country. His decision to seek re-election had infuriated many voters, with protests leaving at least six people dead.
PAKISTANTaliban make threats over NATO supplies
The Taliban threatened to attack Pakistani lawmakers and their families if they support allowing NATO to resume shipping supplies through the country to troops in neighboring Afghanistan. Pakistan closed its Afghan border crossings to NATO in November in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes that accidentally killed 24 Pakistani soldiers. Pakistan's parliament is scheduled to begin debate Monday on a revised relationship with the United States that could lead to the border being reopened.
CUBAChavez begins radiation therapy
In a phone call broadcast live on Venezuelan television, President Hugo Chavez said that he has begun radiation therapy in Cuba as part of cancer treatment one month after undergoing an operation that removed a tumor.
CHILEQuake hits hard; no reports of deaths
A magnitude-7.1 earthquake struck central Chile, the strongest and longest that many people said they had felt since a huge quake devastated the area two years ago. Some people were injured by falling ceiling material, but there were no reports of major damage or deaths. The quake struck about 16 miles north-northwest of Talca, a city of more than 200,000 people where residents said the shaking lasted about a minute.
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