Main news of April 3


* More than 100 people died in violence in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar, where eyewitnesses say police fired on crowds with automatic weapons.

* Kazakhstan’s incumbent president, Nursultan Nazarbayev, won about 95 percent of the vote in the country‚Äôs snap presidential election, according to two exit polls.

* The presidential elections in Kazakhstan proceeded as expected, with no one doubting that incumbent President Nursultan Nazarbayev would win, and the country partying away the day as it has done since Soviet times.

* The operator of the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant continued injecting water-absorbing polymers into a cracked pit but radioactive water was still leaking into the ocean.

* The death toll from the recent 9.0-magnitude quake and tsunami in has surpassed 12,000, while nearly 15,500 remain unaccounted for.


* Two of St. Petersburg’s deputy governors took the stage at an opposition rally in an apparent bid to woo voters ahead of city and national legislative elections in December.


* Defending Russian champions Zenit St. Petersburg twice let the lead slip against Spartak Nalchik, but the draw was enough to take them top as Rubin Kazan lost 1-0 to Anzhi Makhachkala.

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