Somalia: Somalian Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Gedi has ordered all Somalis - including the country's war lords - to turn in all of their weapons within the next three days.
Mr. Gedi said at a news conference today (Monday) in Mogadishu that people will have three days from Tuesday to voluntarily surrender their weapons. He says, after that, the government will collect them by force.
The prime minister also offered amnesty to retreating Islamist fighters if they turned themselves in to authorities.
Islamist fighters have been withdrawing from their strongholds, including the capital, Mogadishu, for more than a week since Ethiopia entered the war against Islamic militants.
Thailand – Blasts: Thai Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont is blaming a series of deadly bombings in Bangkok on groups opposed to the military coup that put him in power.
Mr. Surayud today (Monday) said intelligence agencies believe the New Year's Eve blasts were carried out by people who lost power following September's military takeover.
Nine bombs exploded in the capital Sunday and early today (Monday), killing three people and wounding at least 38 others.
Mr. Surayud did not name deposed prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra or his allies as possible culprits.
The new prime minister today (Monday) also downplayed the likelihood that an Islamist insurgency in the south has crept northward.
Mr. Thaksin's lawyer says (Monday) the former prime minister denies any involvement in the blasts.
Thousands of people are quietly paying their respects to the late U.S. President Gerald Ford at the Capitol Building in Washington where his remains will lie in state through today (Monday).
A steady stream of people filed past Mr. Ford's flag-draped coffin Sunday to remember the man sworn-in as president after the resignation of Richard Nixon in 1974.
President Bush is due to go to the Capitol to pay his respects to Mr. Ford today (Monday) after he returns to Washington from his ranch in Crawford, Texas.
On Tuesday, there will be a memorial service for Mr. Ford in Washington. The 38th president will be buried Wednesday in his hometown of Grand Rapids, (in the northern state of) Michigan.
Mr. Ford died at the age of 93 last Tuesday in his home in (the western state of) California.
Romania – Bulgaria – EU: Citizens of Romania and Bulgaria have celebrated the start of their European Union memberships with fireworks, music and dancing in the streets.
Blue and yellow EU flags were raised in the two Balkan states as they officially joined the bloc Monday.
The Romanian and Bulgarian presidents and other officials greeted jubilant crowds in the central squares of Bucharest and Sofia.
EU Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn and representatives of member states attended today's celebrations in each country. President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso welcomed the new members via teleconferencing.
The accession of Romania and Bulgaria raises the EU's membership to 27 and adds about 30 million people to the population of the union.
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