troops in southern Lebanon is an interesting step worth studying. But, Ehud Olmert says, there will be no ceasefire in Israel's offensive against Hezbollah until the group releases two Israeli soldiers kidnapped on July 12th. Addressing a news conference today (Tuesday), Mr. Olmert said his cabinet will meet Wednesday to discuss expanding military operations against Hezbollah in Lebanon.
Sri Lanka: Authorities in Sri Lanka have found the bodies of two more slain humanitarian aid workers, bringing the toll from a weekend massacre to 17 lives. The workers were shot execution-style at their headquarters in the eastern town of Muttur. All were ethnic Tamils working for the French agency Action Against Hunger, which has been providing assistance to victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004.
Philippines-Volcano: Disaster officials in the Philippines are scrambling to move some 35-thousand people from the slopes of the Mayon volcano, which they say could erupt at anytime. Soldiers and disaster relief officials today (Tuesday) are trying to evacuate villagers who live within eight kilometers of the volcano, after scientists warned Monday the smoldering mountain is on the verge of an eruption.
SOKOR-POLITICS: South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun has named an anti-corruption official as his new justice minister. The president appointed Kim Sung-ho today (Tuesday) under pressure from his ruling Uri Party, which opposed his plan to name a key associate to the post. Kim has held a top position in the Korea Independent Commission Against Corruption. He will replace Chun Jung-bae.
Indonesia-Bird Flu: Indonesian health officials say two teenagers have died of bird flu over the past two days. Local laboratory tests showed both teens tested positive for bird flu, making them the country's 43rd and 44th bird flu victims.
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