Israeli Blast: Israeli police and paramedics say a suicide bomber blew himself up in a bustling commercial area of Tel Aviv, killing at least five other people and wounding at least 30 others.
The blast occurred today (Monday) near Tel Aviv's old central bus station, a target of previous attacks by Palestinian militants, including one on January 19th that wounded about 15 people.
Media reports said the Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the bombing. On Sunday, the militant group said it was stepping up efforts to infiltrate Israel to carry out such attacks.
Iraq: The judge hearing the case against former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and seven co-defendants has adjourned the trial until Wednesday. Prosecutors presented experts today (Monday) who confirmed the authenticity of Saddam's signature on documents connected to a crackdown on Shi'ites in the 1980's. Defense lawyers immediately disputed the experts' results. Chief judge Raouf Abdel Rahman said an adjournment was needed to allow more time to examine the handwriting.
Nepal: Gas Stations in Nepal's capital, Kathmandu,
are rationing fuel on the 12th day of a general strike called by opposition groups to demand the restoration of democracy.Cars and motorcycles formed long lines today (Monday) at the few gas stations still selling gasoline in the area. Most shops in the capital remained closed, while commercial banks joined the strike by shutting their doors.
The price of vegetables and other produce has risen sharply due to a drop in food deliveries to the capital.
Cambodia-North Korea: A Cambodian official says King Norodom Sihamoni is headed to North Korea for a state visit and to see his ailing father. The king will spend three days on official visit in the isolated country. He then will spend another week with his father, former King Norodom Sihanouk, who is suffering from cancer.
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