RUSSIA - YELTSIN:
Russia is holding a state funeral in Moscow for former Russian President Boris Yeltsin. A host of dignitaries are at the ceremony today, including current Russian President Vladimir Putin; former U.S. Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton; Britain's former prime minister, John Major; German President Horst Kohler; and former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.
IRAQ: Iraqi police say a suicide bomber has blown himself up inside a
police station in Diyala province, killing at least four people and wounding 16 others. Officials say the attack took place in a market police station in the town of Balad Ruz, about 70-kilometers northeast of Baghdad. Earlier today, the U.S. military said it killed a top al-Qaida in Iraq terrorist in an operation in Al Anbar province last week.
UN - IRAQ: The United Nations says the Iraqi government is refusing to disclose civilian casualty figures for the past three months. It a report issued today, the U.N. Assistance Mission in Iraq says this is the first time since it began issuing quarterly reports on the situation in Iraq that the Health Ministry has not released overall casualty figures. The U.N. agency says the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has accused it of exaggerating the civilian death toll in its last report, published in January.
ISRAEL - PALESTINIANS: Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is
meeting with his top cabinet ministers and military commanders today to discuss Israel's response to Palestinian rocket attacks. The armed wing of the Palestinian militant group Hamas said Tuesday that a five-month truce with Israel was over and that it fired a barrage of rockets and mortar shells from the Gaza Strip.
IRAN - NUCLEAR: European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana and Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani are preparing to hold talks today aimed at bringing Tehran back to negotiations on its nuclear program. The meeting in Ankara, Turkey, would be the first face-to-face talks between the two since the United Nations approved a second set of sanctions against Iran in March, after Tehran refused to halt its uranium enrichment.
AFGHAN UNREST: Afghan officials say a
roadside bomb in southeastern Afghanistan has killed seven Afghan soldiers. Authorities say the bomb struck an Afghan army vehicle today in Paktika province, which borders Pakistan. Elsewhere, Afghan officials say militants ambushed a police vehicle late Tuesday in the country's western Herat province, killing at least three police officers and wounding two others.
THAILAND - NORTH KOREA: South Korean human rights activists say about 400 North Korean refugees being held in Thailand have gone on a hunger strike to demand faster resettlement in South Korea. The North Koreans are said to have begun their hunger strike Tuesday at an immigration center in Bangkok, where they have been detained for up to three months. About 300 of the refugees are women.
CHINA - TIBET PROTEST: A Tibetan rights group says Chinese
authorities have detained four U.S. citizens at the base of Mount Everest, where they were demonstrating for Tibet's independence and protesting the 2008 Olympics in China. Students for a Free Tibet says the four -- including a Tibetan American -- unfurled a banner that read "One World, One Dream, Free Tibet 2008." "One World, One Dream" is the slogan of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
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