World News June 17

By: AP
By: AP
Egypt votes to choose successor to Hosni Mubarak... Rocket hits southern Israel, causes no injuries... UN observers in Syria suspend activities... 2nd bomb hits Iraq pilgrimage; total of 25 killed... Ex-Tunisia PM creates party as counter-balance... Bombings kill 33 in Pakistani tribal region... Quake jolts Manila and nearby regions; no injuries... Police say murder suspect arrested at US Canadian border

Campaign posters supporting Egyptian presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq, the last prime minister of deposed president Hosni Mubarak, hang above a popular market in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, June 12, 2012. Arabic on the banners reads: "Ahmed Shafiq for Egyptian presidency", and "Egypt for all."(AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

CAIRO (AP) -- Egyptians held to the polls again Sunday for the second and final day of voting in the country presidential runoff.
Voters are choosing the country's first president since the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak last year.
They are facing a choice between a former Mubarak prime minister and an Islamist candidate. Some fear Ahmed Shafiq's election would represent an extension of Mubarak's authoritarian regime. But others believe the election of the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohammed Morsi could bring more religion in government and fewer freedoms on the street.

JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Israeli military says it has found remnants of a rocket that hit southern Israel overnight.
The rocket was discovered in an open desert area and did not cause any damage or injuries. The military was alerted after an explosion was heard.
A spokeswoman for the Israeli military could not say from where the rocket was believed to have been launched. She says police were investigating on Saturday. She spoke on condition of anonymity in line with military regulations.
A rocket crashed into the southern resort town of Eilat in April, also causing no injuries but raising concerns about militant activity in neighboring Egypt's Sinai Peninsula.
Israel has warned of growing lawlessness in Sinai following the uprising last year that overthrew Hosni Mubarak's regime.

BEIRUT (AP) -- The chief of U.N. observers in Syria says the mission is suspending its activities and patrols because of escalating violence in the country.
Maj. Gen. Robert Mood said in a statement Saturday that the bloodshed is posing significant risks to the observers and is impeding their ability to carry out their mandate.
He says the observers will not be conducting patrols and will stay in their locations in the country "until further notice." The suspension will be reviewed on a daily basis.
The suspension is the latest sign that a peace plan brokered by international envoy Kofi Annan is disintegrating. The regime and the opposition have both ignored the cease-fire, which was supposed to go into effect April 12.

BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi police say a second car bombs exploded in Baghdad on the last day of a Shiite pilgrimage, killing 11 people and bringing the day's death toll to 25.
Saturday's blasts are part of a fierce wave of terror attacks on the annual pilgrimage that sees hundreds of thousands visit the shrine to an eighth-century imam. On Wednesday, 72 people died in bombings targeting Shiite pilgrims across Iraq -- one of the worst attacks since American troops withdrew.
A police official says Saturday's first bomb killed 14 people in the northern Baghdad neighborhood of Shula.
The second killed 11 people in Kazimiyah neighborhood, a few kilometers (miles) from the shrine to Imam Moussa al-Khadim. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release the information.

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- A former prime minister who led Tunisia's transition government after the fall of its autocratic leader has launched a new political party to counter-balance the Islamists running the North African country.
Beji Caid Essebsi announced the formation of the Nida' Tounes, or Call of Tunisia, party on Saturday before thousands of men and women -- including a number of artists -- in a packed hall. The 85-year-old said he wants a party "that unifies everyone, without exclusion." He called it a "balancing force that can create conditions for an alternative."
The moderate Islamist Ennahda party was elected after a transition period following the January 2011 ouster of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. However, hardline Islamists are emerging and last week clashed with police over an art exhibit they judged blasphemous.

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) -- Two bombs have killed 33 people in tribal areas of northwestern Pakistan.
Officials say the first was a car bomb that hit a crowded bazaar in the Khyber region near the Afghan border. It killed 26 people and wounded over 50 others.
Hundreds of people were in the bazaar when the car blew up. TV footage showed the charred skeleton of the car and local residents rushing to help take the victims to hospitals.
Later in a nearby district, police say a bomb hidden in a handcart killed seven people, among them police officers.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the blasts, but suspicion fell on Pakistani Taliban insurgents who often target security forces and public places with bombings and shooting attacks.

MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Philippine officials say a strong quake has jolted Manila and outlying provinces, rousing some people from their sleep. There are no immediate reports of damage or injuries.
Renato Solidum of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology says the Sunday-morning quake has a preliminary magnitude of 6 and was most possibly caused by movement in the Manila Trench in the South China Sea off northern Zambales province.
Solidum says the quake was not strong enough to generate a tsunami alert.
Benito Ramos, who heads the government's disaster-response agency, says people felt the quake in Manila and some northern agricultural provinces, rousing some residents.
In 1990, a magnitude-7.7 quake killed nearly 2,000 people in the northern Luzon region.

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) -- Police say the man wanted in a deadly armored car heist at a university in western Canada has been arrested by U.S. border officials in Washington state.
Edmonton police said Saturday in a news release that Travis Baumgartner was stopped near a border crossing in Lynden, Washington, southwest of Abbotsford, British Columbia. They said Baumgartner was in his pickup truck and was alone.
Baumgartner had been on the run since Friday when four armed guards were gunned down, three of them fatally.
Police have said Baumgartner was the fifth member of a crew that was re-loading bank machines at a university mall where the shooting happened. The 21-year-old faces three counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder.

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