BUSH - EUROPE: President Bush is in Budapest today (Thursday), honoring Hungary's courageous uprising 50 years ago against Soviet communist control. Although Soviet tanks and troops crushed the 1956 revolution, Mr. Bush says the Hungarian people showed the world the strength of their desire to be free.
Hungary threw off communist rule in favor of a democratic system at the end of the 1980s, a few months after Mr. Bush's father ( former President George H.W. Bush ) visited Budapest.
ISRAEL - PALESTINIANS: Israel's prime minister
and the Palestinian president met for the first time today (Thursday), in Jordan, where they held informal talks and promised to arrange further meetings soon. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and President Mahmoud Abbas took part in a breakfast hosted by Jordan's King Abdullah, part of a forum for Nobel laureates in the town of Petra.
The two leaders, meeting face to face for the first time since Mr. Olmert took office last month, said after their informal talks that they will meet again in the coming weeks.
INDONESIA - LANDSLIDE: Landslides and floods have killed more than 200 people in Indonesia, with about 100 others missing and believed dead. Military, police and civilian search-and-rescue teams are looking for survivors today (Thursday) in South Sulawesi province after two days of heavy rain. Searchers are struggling to get through roads blocked by floodwaters and mud. South Sulawesi's Sinjai district has been hardest hit, reporting at least 175 deaths.
THAILAND - POLITCS: A deputy to Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has announced his resignation, amid an ongoing political crisis facing the country's administration. Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-Ngam today (Wednesday) did not give a reason for stepping down, but said he had discussed the decision with Mr. Thaksin. Wissanu is a top legal advisor for Mr. Thaksin. The prime minister has been struggling to regain public credibility after months of street protests calling for his resignation prompted him to hold snap elections in April. Mr. Thaksin took a temporary leave of office but returned to the job in May after the courts deemed the vote unconstitutional.
EAST TIMOR: East Timor's president, Xanana Gusmao,says he will resign if the prime minister does not step down and take responsibility for recent violence that has terrorized the country. In a national address today (Thursday), Mr. Gusmao said he would submit his resignation to parliament because he is "ashamed of what the state is doing to the people." (Under the present circumstances, the president added, he does not have the courage to face the public.) Mr. Gusmao called on Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri this week to either resign or be fired, as a result of allegations (aired in an Australian television film) that Mr. Alkatiri was involved in supplying arms to supporters pledged to kill his political rivals. Mr. Alkatiri has refused to step down, and the ruling Fretilin party declared its support for him today (Thursday).
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