THE United Nations reported that 800 people had died of cholera in Zimbabwe and suspected cases numbered 15'000. President Mugabe said the epidemic had been “addressed” and one of his ministers said BritaIn was to blame. Israel's outgoing prime minister Ehud Olmert described attacks by Israelis on Palestinians in Hebron as a “pogrom”. The Democrat Governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, was charged with trying to “sell” the Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama. The US prosecutor said Mr Obama was not involved. In Ghana's presidential election the candidates of the two leading parties were virtually tied at 49-48 per cent. The run-off is on December 28. The Irish prime minister Brian Cowan said that he would submit ratification of the EU Lisbon Treaty to a second referendum after receiving clarification of points in the Treaty disliked by voters at the first referendum.


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