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6/26/2006 World News: Top Sri Lankan General Killed In Suicide Attack


Sri Lanka: A senior Sri Lanka army general and three other people have been killed in a suicide attack outside the capital, Colombo.
Military and police sources say a man rammed his motorcycle into General Parami Kulatunga's car today (Monday), setting off a powerful blast. The general was traveling to a military base.
There has been no claim of responsibility. The military is blaming the attack on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam rebel group.

East Timor: East Timor's president has accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri.
President Xanana Gusmao announced today (Monday) the resignation is effective immediately.
Mr. Alkatiri announced his resignation earlier in the day and said he was prepared to take a share of responsibility for the political unrest and violence that has rocked the young nation over the past two months.
The prime minister has been blamed for mishandling a military mutiny that flared into deadly violence and displaced tens of thousands of people. He has also been accused of arming militia groups to assassinate his opponents. He denies the allegations.

NoKor Missile: South Korea's foreign minister is traveling to Beijing to discuss concerns that North Korea is preparing to test fire a missile capable of reaching the United States.
NoKor Missile: South Korean officials say Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon will meet his Chinese counterpart, Li Zhaoxing, and State Councilor Tang Jiaxuan, in Beijing today (Monday).
Satellite images indicate North Korea is moving toward a launch, raising concern among Western and Asia Pacific nations. North Korean allies China and Russia have issued warnings to Pyongyang.

Vietnam Politics: Vietnamese lawmakers have elected a new parliamentary leader as part of a government reshuffle by the ruling Communist Party.
Hanoi Communist Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong was appointed today (Monday) as chairman of Vietnam's national assembly.
The 62-year-old Trong is one of the government's leading enforcers of Marxist ideology. He replaces Nguyen Van An, who helped transform Vietnam's parliament from a rubber-stamp body into a forum for lively debate.

Philippines Politics: Government opponents in the Philippines have filed an impeachment complaint against President Gloria Arroyo.
Anti-Arroyo groups delivered the complaint to the House of Representatives today (Monday) after camping outside the Congress building overnight.
The president's critics accuse her of corruption, human right abuses and vote fraud in the 2004 election.
Ms. Arroyo survived an impeachment attempt last year after the House of Representatives dismissed three complaints against her.

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