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New Jersey player wins Powerball jackpot

NEWARK, N.J., March 24 (UPI) -- A ticket purchased in New Jersey has won the latest $338.3 million Powerball jackpot, lottery officials said.

The lottery website said one winner correctly matched all of the numbers drawn Saturday night -- 17, 29, 31, 52 and 53, with a Powerball of 31.

The cash payout to the winner will be more than $198 million, the website said.

In addition to the grand prize, 2,486,304 tickets won prizes totaling more than $12.8 million.

Philly.com reported one ticket sold in Iowa was good for $2 million while 14 tickets sold in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, Ohio, North Carolina, South Carolina, Illinois, Minnesota, Florida and Arizona won $1 million each.

After Saturday night's drawing, the Powerball jackpot was reset at about $40 million.


Musharraf returns to Pakistan

KARACHI, Pakistan, March 24 (UPI) -- Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf returned to Pakistan Sunday after four years of exile despite threats of death and arrest, officials said.

Musharraf resigned as president five years ago while facing the prospect of impeachment for having declared a state of emergency and dismissed the country's chief justice, as well as having initially gained power through a coup in 1999. He also has been criticized for failing to do enough to protect former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, who was killed in a suicide bomb attack while campaigning to return to office.

He denied having anything to do with Bhutto's death and went into a self-imposed exile in London and Dubai not long after.

Now he's back in Pakistan, hoping to lead his party -- the All Pakistan Muslim League -- in May elections, CNN reported Sunday.

Government officials said Musharraf would be arrested upon returning to Pakistan, but party members have taken preemptive measures.

"Musharraf has been granted bail in advance of his arrival to Pakistan. We have made sure that he is not arrested and his return home will be smooth," said Jawed Siddiqui, a member of the party.

Meanwhile, the Taliban have threatened to kill Musharraf upon his return, CNN reported. Upon arrival at Karachi's airport Sunday, the former leader was whisked away by government security and his private security agents.


Afghan and Pakistan bombs kill 22

MIRANSHAH, Afghanistan, March 24 (UPI) -- Four children died and 17 soldiers were killed in in Pakistan and Afghanistan, officials said.

A car bomb in North Waziristan, Pakistan, was detonated near an army post near the town of Miranshah Saturday night, killing 17 soldiers and the driver of the car, Khaama Press reported. Officials said the explosion went off next two two tankers that were supplying fuel to the post. The blast set the tankers on fire and completely destroyed a nearby barracks.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

In the southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan, at least four children were killed and two others were injured Saturday by an explosion in Mianshin district, Khaama Press said.

Local government officials said militants planted an improvised explosive device that was meant to kill security forces. Afghan President Hamid Karzai issued a strong statement in response to the blast, calling it an inhumane act, Khaama Press said.


Central African Republic president flees

BANGUI, Central African Republic, March 24 (UPI) -- The rebel group Seleka seized control of the capital of Central African Republic Sunday, forcing President Francois Bozize to flee, officials said.

The rebel group initially pushed into Bangui Saturday and fought its way through the capital Sunday to take control of the presidential palace, Voice of America reported.

It was not immediately known where Bozize had taken refuge.

Prime Minister Nicolas Tiangaye Saturday asked members of Seleka to get in contact with him to negotiate a peaceful solution and avoid a bloodbath.

The rebels had previously called for Tiangaye's resignation as prime minister as per a cease-fire deal in January that would keep Bozize in power. They accused Bozize of breaking the cease-fire agreement.

Seleka spokesman Eric Massi told Voice of America that Bozize must leave the country to bring peace.

Rebels began their offensive in December, taking control of about one-third of the country.

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