August 13, 2008 in Nation/World

Reports differ on power-sharing deal

 
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Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe inspects a guard of honor during Armed Forces Day celebrations Tuesday.
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A third day of talks over Zimbabwe’s governance wound up on a conflicting note Tuesday amid reports that President Robert Mugabe and the leader of an opposition faction had reached a power-sharing agreement.

Shortly after the talks concluded, officials from Mugabe’s party and the main opposition movement said the two sides had agreed on the plan, but a spokesman for the splinter group later denied the claim.

The reported agreement excludes Morgan Tsvangirai, the leader of the main Movement for Democratic Change. He won the first round of presidential elections in March but boycotted the runoff to protest widespread violence against opposition supporters.

Such an agreement would likely prompt protests from the West and some African governments for allowing the 84-year-old Mugabe to cling to his increasingly autocratic 28-year reign that has driven his once thriving nation to economic ruin.

New Delhi, India

Indian forces fire on protesters

At least 12 people were killed and more than 100 injured Tuesday when Indian security forces fired into crowds of protesters, the latest escalation of violence stemming from a land dispute in the Indian-administered part of Kashmir.

Rising sectarian tensions between Kashmir’s Muslim and Hindu populations have brought six weeks of street protests, blockades and renewed calls for independence for Kashmir, a Himalayan region wedged between India and Pakistan.

The shootings came a day after at least four people, including a Kashmiri separatist leader, were gunned down by police trying to stop a convoy of Muslim traders and trucks loaded with produce from crossing the Line of Control, a de facto border between the Indian- and Pakistani-controlled zones of Kashmir.

From wire reports

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