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Laos Suspects First Human Case of Bird Flu


UN Court – Bosnia: The highest U.N. court has ruled that Bosnian Serbs committed genocide in the massacre of thousands of Bosnian Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica during the 1990s Balkan war.
Today's (Monday's) binding decision by International Court of Justice in the Netherlands upholds an earlier ruling by the U.N.'s International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (in The Hague).
The IJC ruling settles a suit brought by Bosnia-Herzegovina accusing Serbia of masterminding the widespread ethnic cleansing of Bosnian Muslims and Croats during the 1992-1995 war.
The high court's ruling could lead to billions of dollars in war compensation from Serbia - the successor state to the late Slobodan Milosevic's Yugoslavia.

US – Cheney – Pakistan: U.S. officials say Vice President Dick Cheney made an unannounced visit to Pakistan today (Monday) to see President Pervez Musharraf.
A Pakistani official said Cheney praised Pakistan's contribution to the war against terrorism during the meeting but urged General Musharraf to do more.
The official said Mr. Musharraf reiterated Pakistan's resolve and assured Cheney that Pakistan is doing its best.

Iraq: Iraqi officials say a bomb blast inside a government building in Baghdad has killed 10 people during a conference attended by Iraq's vice president.
Officials say Adel Abdel-Mahdi suffered only slight injuries. The bomb exploded today (Monday) at the Iraqi Public Works Ministry in Baghdad's upscale Mansour district. At least 26 people were wounded.
Vice President Abdel-Mahdi is a member of Iraqi's largest Shi'ite political group (the United Iraqi Alliance), and is one of two deputies to President Jalal Talabani.

Russia – Hamas: A top official of the Palestinian Islamic militant group, Hamas, is in Moscow today (Monday), for consultations with the Russian government.
Exiled Hamas political leader Khaled Mashaal says he hopes Russia will use its influence to help lift international sanctions imposed last year (by the United States and the European Union) after the group won a majority in the Palestinian parliament.
He also is seeking Russia's support for the power sharing deal reached between Hamas and the moderate Fatah faction of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas earlier this month in Saudi Arabia.

Iran – Nuclear: Officials from six world powers meet today (Monday) in London to consider ways of increasing pressure on Iran to suspend its sensitive nuclear work.
The meeting will include representatives from the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council - the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China - plus Germany.
Iran ignored a Security Council deadline to suspend uranium enrichment by last week (February 21st) or face the risk of new U.N. sanctions, on top of those imposed in December.
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice repeated an offer Sunday to meet with Iranian officials if Tehran stops uranium enrichment.

Laos - Bird Flu: State media in Laos say authorities suspect they have identified the country's first case of bird flu in humans.
The "Vientiane Times" reports today (Monday) a 15-year-old girl from an area affected by bird flu is suspected of being infected with the disease. Bird flu broke out among poultry in her village near the capital two weeks ago.
The newspaper says she has been suffering flu-like symptoms including headaches, coughing and aching limbs.
Health Minister Ponmek Dalalay told the newspaper more tests are needed to confirm whether the girl has the often-fatal H5N1 bird flu virus.
The disease first appeared in Laos in 2004. It is known to have killed about 170 people worldwide since 2003.

Cambodia - Khmer Rouge: Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen says the bones of victims of the Khmer Rouge genocide must be preserved as evidence for coming trials. Mr. Hun Sen rejected calls to burn the victims' remains, saying cremation would hamper efforts to try the former regime's leaders.
He spoke at a ceremony near the Choeung Ek killing fields, where thousands died during four years of Khmer Rouge rule, from 1975 to 1979.

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