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Running to work: One marathoner looked a bit out of place in his business suit and a necktie in the Tokyo Marathon on Sunday. Records were set by both the men’s and women’s winners — Dickson Chumba of Kenya and Ethiopia’s Tirfi Tsegaye.

Eugene Hoshiko • Associated Press,

Nation and world briefs

  • February 23, 2014 - 8:45 PM

Wisconsin

Searching Walker e-mails is the rage

Political operatives from across the spectrum are scouring the thousands of e-mails exchanged by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign staff and those who worked for him when he was Milwaukee County executive, trying to find items they can use to attack or defend the state’s most polarizing figure. Liberals and conservatives alike have been hunting through the 28,000 pages of documents for their names, as well as the names of political friends and enemies. Democratic strategist Chris Lehane said it was “like winning the lottery” for people doing opposition research on Walker.

New York

Faulty pipe led to mall carbon monoxide leak

A faulty water heater flue pipe caused the carbon monoxide leak that killed a New York restaurant manager and sent more than two dozen people to hospitals, a fire official said Sunday. Huntington Chief Fire Marshal Terence McNally said the fumes were circulated in the basement by the ventilation systems at the Legal Sea Foods restaurant at the Walt Whitman Shops on Long Island.

Australia

G-20 vows to boost world economy by $2 T

Finance chiefs from the 20 largest economies agreed to implement policies that will boost world GDP by more than $2 trillion over the coming five years. Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey, who hosted the Group of 20 meeting in Sydney, said the commitment from the G-20 finance ministers and central bankers was “unprecedented.”

Pakistan

Bombing kills 14 at northwest bus station

A bomb planted at a busy bus terminal near a police station in northwest Pakistan exploded, killing 14 people and wounding 15 near the country’s lawless tribal region. The explosion targeted passengers in a motorized rickshaw and those on a minibus in Kohat, some 100 miles west of the capital, Islamabad. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, though Kohat has seen past attacks by local Taliban fighters and allied sectarian groups against its minority Shiite population.

South Africa

Tutu urges Uganda to oppose anti-gay bill

South Africa’s retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, made an impassioned plea to Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni not to sign into law a harsh anti-homosexuality bill that calls for a life sentence for some same-sex relations.

Syria

Rebel commander is killed in bombing

A well-known Syrian rebel commander who was close to Al-Qaida’s leadership was killed in a suicide bombing linked by some to an Al-Qaida breakaway group, opposition activists said. The attack in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo was the latest apparent incident of infighting among rebel factions ostensibly united in their commitment to ousting the government of President Bashar Assad. Intra-rebel battles have raged in recent weeks in the north. Killed in the strike was a militant leader known by the pseudonym Abu Khaled Suri, co-founder of the Islamist rebel group Ahrar al-Sham, according to various opposition accounts. At least five other fighters from the group were also killed, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based pro-opposition monitoring group. The slain leader, acclaimed in Islamic militant circles, was said to have fought U.S. forces in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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