Bush – Europe: U.S. President George Bush and his Bulgarian counterpart Georgi Parvanov say relations between the two countries could not be better.
The two leaders addressed a news conference after a lavish reception for the U.S. president in Sofia.
Mr. Bush again urged Russia to cooperate in developing a missile defense system in Europe. The president then sought to ease Bulgarian concerns that the Balkan country will not benefit from the defense shield. He suggested that Bulgaria could benefit from defense systems against intermediate range missiles.
Mr. Bush repeated that the time for Kosovo independence is now. He also said five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor who face the death sentence in Libya should be released. The five have been convicted of infecting children with AIDS.
Pakistan – Justice: Pakistan's law minister (Wasi Zafar) says the government has prepared new misconduct charges against the country's top judge.
The law minister says the new charges against suspended Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry will be filed at what he called an "appropriate time".
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf removed Chaudhry from the Supreme Court in March, accusing the judge of official misconduct. Protests and violence related to his suspension have created a political crisis.
Thailand – South: Thai police say gunmen have shot dead at least three teachers in two separate attacks in the southern province of Narathiwat.
Authorities say two female Buddhist teachers were shot and killed at point-blank range in their school library around lunch time today (Monday).
In a nearby district, police say gunmen armed with AK-47 rifles shot dead another Buddhist teacher as he was driving during his lunch break.
Narathiwat and the other southern provinces of Pattani and Yala have been at the center of a separatist Islamist insurgency for the past three years.
Thailand Pol: Thailand's prime minister, Surayud Chulanont, has pledged to fight corruption in government, which he says was a legacy of the country's previous administration.
In a nationally televised speech Sunday, Mr. Chulanont said he will work to strengthen the rule of law throughout the kingdom.
He leader was appointed prime minister in a bloodless coup last September. His predecessor, Thaksin Shinawatra, was removed from power following protests against alleged corruption and abuse of power.
In his address to the Thai public, Mr. Chulanont called for acceptance of a court ruling last month that disbanded Thaksin's Thai Rak Thai party and banned its leaders from public office for five years.
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