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How Bhutto Won Washington - New York Times

How Bhutto Won Washington - New York Times: "BENAZIR BHUTTO always understood Washington more than Washington understood her.

Ms. Bhutto, the Pakistani opposition leader and two-time prime minister, who was assassinated in Rawalpindi on Thursday as she campaigned for the office a third time, had a more extensive network of powerful friends in the capital’s political and media elite than almost any other foreign leader. Over the years, she scrupulously cultivated those friends, many from her days at Harvard and Oxford. She was rewarded when her connections — at the White House, in Congress and within the foreign policy establishment — helped propel her into power in Pakistan."

Al Jazeera English - News - Fierce Fighting Rocks Mogadishu

Al Jazeera English - News - Fierce Fighting Rocks Mogadishu: "At least eight civilians have been killed in fierce fighting that erupted between government forces and anti-government fighters in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, witnesses say.

Six members of one family - mother and five children - were killed when a mortar shell struck a refugee camp on Sunday as fighting escalated in the area."