OBAMA-IRAQ: U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has arrived in Baghdad for a
closely-watched visit to Iraq -- a key issue in the U.S.
election.Senator Obama is expected to meet with senior Iraqi officials
and U.S. military commanders during his visit today (Monday).
Obama is a long-time critic of the war in Iraq -- unlike his
Republican opponent, Senator John McCain. Obama has suggested a 16-month
timetable for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq if elected president. McCain has
called for a longterm U.S. security commitment to Iraq.
US-IRAN NUCLEAR: U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says Iran was not being serious at
nuclear talks in Geneva.Rice, who spoke to reporters while on her way to
the United Arab Emirates, said Iran used stalling tactics and made "small talk"
during Saturday's nuclear talks with world powers. She said Iran must
give a "serious answer" within two weeks to an incentive package offered in
exchange for the suspension of sensitive nuclear activities. Rice said Iran
faces more sanctions if it does not cooperate.
INDIA-NUCLEAR: India's parliament has begun to debate a vote of confidence in the government
that will decide the fate of a proposed nuclear deal with the United
States.Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said in New Delhi today (Monday)
that India's ruling coalition will prove its majority in the
process.The government opted to hold the vote after communist allies
withdrew their support for the coalition government. If the government
loses the vote, which is due on Tuesday, it will have to call early elections
and will not be able to move forward with the nuclear deal. Under the agreement,
India would open its civilian reactors to international inspections in exchange
for nuclear fuel and technology.
ASEAN-BURMA: Burma's military government has ratified a proposed Association of Southeast
Asian Nations charter that includes a human rights body.Burmese Foreign
Minister Nyan Win presented the ratification today (Monday) at an annual
meeting of top diplomats from the 10 ASEAN member nations. He said the
ratification presents a strong commitment to embrace common values of
ASEAN.Earlier today, Singapore Foreign Minister George Yeo said Nyan Win
indicated that Burma's detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi could be
freed in less than a year.
CAMBODIA-THAILAND: Defense ministers from Thailand and Cambodia have begun talks to resolve
an escalating border dispute that has put about four thousand armed troops on
As troops faced off in disputed land near an 11th century Hindu
temple, Cambodian Defense Minister Tea Banh and Thai Supreme Commander General
Boonsrang Niumpradit sat down today (Monday) in an eastern Thai border
The two sides have agreed to discuss a dispute over four-point-six
kilometers of land surrounding the 900-year-old temple, which sits on the two
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