US - UNIVERSITY SHOOTINGS: Thousands of students and faculty members gathered on the lawn of Virginia Tech University (in the eastern U.S. state of Virginia) for a candlelight vigil late Tuesday to remember the 33 people killed on campus Monday. Earlier Tuesday President Bush joined Virginia Governor Tim Kaine and thousands of others in a memorial service at Virginia Tech's basketball arena. The first two of Monday's 33 victims were killed in a university residence hall. Thirty more died after being shot two hours later in a campus classroom building.
US SHOOTING REACTION: South Korean President Roh Moon-hyun has held a special meeting of his aides to discuss a massacre in the U.S., in which a South Korean university student killed 32 students and teachers before killing himself. After the meeting in Seoul today, Mr. Roh said his country is stricken with shock and grief after Monday's killings at Virginia Tech University. He sent his condolences to the victims' families for the third time since learning about the tragedy.
JAPAN - MAYOR SHOOTING: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is calling the killing of Nagasaki Mayor Itcho Ito a threat to democracy. Mr. Abe also called for Japan to resolutely eradicate violence. Itcho died today, after being shot twice late Tuesday in front of a Nagasaki train station by a suspected gangster. His death comes ahead of Sunday's mayoral election, in which Itcho was seeking a fourth term in office.
THAILAND - SOUTH: Thai police say suspected militants have set off a string of bombs in the southern province of Narathiwat, while gunmen have shot dead at least two people in the latest violence in a three-year insurgency. A high-ranking police officer lost an arm and a leg in one of the bomb blasts today. At least three other bombs exploded across Narathiwat, but it is unclear what damage they caused.
PHILIPPINES - US VOLUNTEER: body of a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer who went missing 10 days ago. Major General Rodrigo Maclang said today rescuers found Julia Campbell's body partially buried near the northern mountain town of Batad. He said her feet were sticking out of the ground. Police have not said how the 40 year-old died, but said they are conducting a criminal investigating into her death.
CAMBODIA - US RIGHTS: The United States is defending a decision to grant a U.S. visa to Cambodia's national police chief despite allegations linking him to political violence. A State Department spokesman says there were compelling reasons to allow General Hok Lundy to attend a counter-terrorism meeting in Washington this week hosted by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation. He acknowledged that Hok Lundy had been refused a U.S. visa in the past due to accusations he was involved in human trafficking.
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