February 19, 2011 in Nation/World

In brief: Challenger vows Egypt-style rallies

 

Kampala, Uganda – Ugandans voted Friday in elections that saw President Yoweri Museveni seeking a fourth term after 25 years in power and his rival Kizza Besigye vowing a parallel vote count to guard against fraud in the official tally.

Museveni, 66, is widely expected to win another five years in office, with final results expected Sunday.

But Besigye has announced plans to try to whip up Egypt-style protest rallies if the election is considered tainted.

Four bound men thrown off bridge

Acapulco, Mexico – Four men with their hands and feet tied and heads covered in duct tape were thrown 600 feet to their deaths from a bridge Friday, authorities said as Mexico’s increasingly bloody drug battles reached a new level of cruelty and intimidation.

The four were among 12 people slain Friday in Guerrero, which has seen a spike in violence since rival factions of the Beltran Leyva cartel began fighting over territory after leader Arturo Beltran Leyva died in a battle with Mexican marines in December 2009. The other eight were killed in the resort city of Acapulco.

The unidentified men were dropped from a 600-foot-high bridge near the Guerrero state capital of Chilpancingo, the Guerrero state Public Safety Department said.

Drug gang members have taken increasingly drastic measures seeking to intimidate rivals, from beheadings to skinning their victims.


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