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Cyprus police: Corpse could be ex-leader

NICOSIA, Cyprus — Cypriot police acting on a tipoff found a body at a Nicosia cemetery that they believe could be the stolen corpse of former president Tassos Papadopoulos, a spokesman said Monday.

Michalis Katsounotos wouldn’t say in what state the corpse was or whether it was buried. He also did not say what evidence investigators have to lead them to believe it could be that of the former Greek Cypriot leader.

Katsounotos said the corpse was found at a different cemetery to the suburban Nicosia graveyard from where it was stolen Dec. 11 — the eve of the first anniversary of Papadopoulos’ death.

Hundreds slaughtered in Nigeria religious violence

DOGO NAHAWA, Nigeria — The killers showed no mercy: They didn’t spare women and children, or even a 4-day-old baby, from their machetes. On Monday, Nigerian women wailed in the streets as a dump truck carried dozens of bodies past burned-out homes toward a mass grave.

Rubber-gloved workers pulled ever-smaller bodies from the dump truck and tossed them into the mass grave. A crowd began singing a hymn with the refrain, “Jesus said I am the way to heaven.” As the grave filled, the grieving crowd sang: “Jesus, show me the way.”

At least 200 people, most of them Christians, were slaughtered Sunday, according to residents, aid groups and journalists.

Pakistan interrogation center bombed, killing 13

LAHORE, Pakistan — A suicide car bomber Monday struck a building where police interrogate high-value suspects in Pakistan’s eastern city of Lahore, killing at least 13 people and wounding dozens including women taking children to school, officials said.

The attack broke what had been a relative lull in violence in Pakistan, where militant groups revile the government for its alliance with the United States. It also showed that insurgents retain the ability to strike the country’s heartland, far from the Afghan border regions where al-Qaida and the Taliban have long thrived, despite army offensives aimed at wiping them out.

Israelis, Palestinians to begin indirect talks

JERUSALEM — Israel and the Palestinians agreed to begin indirect, American-brokered talks, the United States Mideast envoy announced Monday — ending a 14-month deadlock in peacemaking and representing the Obama administration’s first substantive diplomatic achievement here.

The announcement, however, came just hours after Israel enraged Palestinians by announcing new West Bank settlement construction on the same day U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden landed in the region to promote negotiations.

— Herald wire services

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