LEBANON: Thousands of anti-government protesters in Lebanon blocked major roads across the country today (Tuesday) to enforce a general strike aimed at toppling the government of Prime Minister Fuad Siniora. Protesters also blocked all roads to the country's only international airport in Beirut, forcing suspension of international flights. Police say at least 14 people were wounded in scattered incidents of gunfire and scuffles between supporters of the government and opposition activists led by the Shi'ite group Hezbollah. A top opposition leader and Hezbollah ally, General Michel Aoun, accused the government and its supporters for the violence.
Al-Qaida Plot: U.S. officials say al-Qaida in Iraq considered sending
terrorists to the United States on student visas to carry out attacks. The officials say the plot was discovered in documents obtained during a raid in Iraq last year. They believe the plan involved 10 to 20 operatives. But the officials say there is no indication any terrorists made it into the United States or that the plan was well developed.
CHINA-SPACE-MILITARY: China's foreign ministry has confirmed reports that the country tested a satellite-destroying missile earlier this month. A foreign ministry spokesman (Liu Jianchao) said today (Tuesday) that Beijing has informed Washington of the (January 11th) test, in which it used a ground-based missile to destroy an aging Chinese weather satellite. The official says the test should not be viewed as a threat and does not mean China is engaging in an arms race in space.
NOKOR NUCLEAR: Nuclear envoys from North and South Korea
have met in Beijing as part of attempts to resume six-party talks on Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program. Today's (Tuesday's) meeting between the South's Chun Yung-woo and the North's Kim Kye Kwan is the latest in a series of diplomatic consultations among the six nations involved in the nuclear talks. Over the past week, U.S. nuclear envoy Christopher Hill met his counterparts from South Korea, Japan and China to brief them on his talks with North Korea's Kim in Berlin earlier this month.
CAMBODIA JUNGLE: A Spanish psychologist will be the first doctor to examine a woman found naked in Cambodia's forests, as questions remain about her identity and her past. Hector Rifa, who has done extensive work in Cambodia, has traveled to the region to evaluate the woman. She is thought to be Rochom P'ngieng, who went missing 18 years ago, and may have survived alone in the jungle since then.
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