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Mugabe wins election Robert Mugabe, the president of Zimbabwe, won a fifth term in office amid claims of violence and intimidation. It was announced that Mugabe's Zanu-PF party had secured 56 per cent of the votes, while his rival, Morgan Tsvangirai of the Movement for Democratic Change, had secured 41 per cent. Tsvangirai condemned the election as "massively rigged".

Kennedy seeks union pact Charles Kennedy, the leader of the Liberal Democrats, said that he was prepared to forge fresh links with trade unions to challenge the government on public services, pay and pensions rights. Speaking at the party's spring conference, Kennedy said that the government had stopped listening to union members, with whom he would be willing to form a "dialogue".

Briton executed The convicted rapist and murderer Tracy Housel, 43, was executed by lethal injection in the US state of Georgia, despite last-minute pleas for clemency to the Board of Pardons and Paroles in Atlanta by Tony Blair and representatives from the European Union and Amnesty International.

11 September commemorations On 11 March, the people of New York inaugurated the first official memorial to victims of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, carried out six months ago. Michael Bloomberg, the mayor of New York, unveiled a bronze sculpture representing "world peace through free trade", which had been pulled from the rubble of the towers. That night, two beams of light were projected upwards where the towers stood, and will remain there every night for a month.

Palestinian state backed The United Nations, in an unprecedented move, called for the establishment of a Palestinian state alongside Israel. Fourteen out of 15 members of the UN Security Council backed the US-drafted document, which also demanded an immediate cessation of all acts of war.