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As you've just heard, hundreds of thousands of mourners gathered in southern Pakistan today to meet the body of assassinated opposition leader Benazir Bhutto. Her death was followed by an eruption of violence as her supporters took to the streets in many parts of Pakistan, especially in her native province of Sindh and its capital city, Karachi.
NPR's Philip Reeves is there and he describes the scene.
PHILIP REEVES: Last time I was here, the city was flooded with several hundred thousands of Benazir Bhutto's supporters. The roads were so crowded that you couldn't actually pass through them by car. You had to use a motorcycle.
Now, it's the exact opposite. There are still signs on the walls, saying welcome home Benazir Bhutto. But the city is pretty much deserted. There are no taxis running. The shops are shutted up. There are no buses running. Occasionally, you see pedestrians silently moving around and almost as if in the shadows of this city.
There are reports of isolated pockets of violence - of youth throwing rocks at passing cars and tires being set on fire. But this is less than that was a few hours back, when several banks were torched, and there were more serious scenes of unrest. And, of course, the concern is that after Benazir is laid to rest, there could be more violence, not only here, but elsewhere in Pakistan.
MARTIN: Benazir Bhutto was interred at her family mausoleum this afternoon.
Over to Iraq now, where a car bomb exploded in the middle of a busy market today, killing at least 11 people and ruining dozens. The popular market in Tayaran Square, which has been targeted by insurgents in the past, was full of shoppers heading home from Friday prayers.
Violence around Iraq is down nearly 60 percent - that's according to the U.S. military.
Meanwhile, American soldiers have killed 11 members of the Mahdi Army, the militia loyal to Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr. It happened during a neighborhood raid in the southern Iraqi city of Kut early yesterday.
And six French aid workers convicted of kidnapping in Chad are on their way back to France today. The aid workers, who work for a charity called Zoe's Ark, were sentenced to eight years of hard labor in Chad for trying to kidnap more than 100 children. The aid workers said the kids were orphans and they were trying to fly them to Europe for the sake of their well-being.
French officials have been working to get these six French citizens repatriated to serve their sentences in their home country. The Chadian government has agreed and the six left Chad today. France does not have hard labor sentences so the six will serve regular prison sentences.
And finally, if you're flying somewhere today, or over the holiday weekend, particularly if you're in the western United States, hope for the best, but prepare yourself for the worst. Massive storms in the Denver area and throughout the Midwest have forced airlines to cancel dozens of flights over the past couple of days. United Airlines was hit particularly hard, cancelling 168 flights nationwide yesterday - mostly because of bad weather in Denver. It's the second largest hub for United. It was the fourth day of straight cancellations United had to make. So if you're flying to Colorado this weekend, you might want to call ahead and bring a book or four.
That's the news. It's always online at npr.org.
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ALISON STEWART, host:
MARTIN: …in a few hours.
STEWART: You flew Denver?
STEWART: The good news, bad news that situation is. Which came up first, the good or the bad?
STEWART: The bad is a Denver airport is out in the middle of nowhere.
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MARTIN: So you can't even go.
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MARTIN: It's like out in a field. The good news, that's a nice airport.
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MARTIN: Good restaurants, (unintelligible) very well-entertained fast.
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You need a GPS system to find your way around.
STEWART: And (unintelligible).
MARTIN: Yeah, that's true. Well, I might be calling you guys.
STEWART: All right. Good luck, Rachel.
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