EAST TIMOR -ATTACK:
The president of East Timor, Jose Ramos-Horta, is in critical condition in an Australian hospital after an assassination attempt in the East Timor capital Dili. Doctors say the Nobel Peace Prize laureate is in an induced coma and is in critical but stable condition in Darwin, Australia, where he was flown after being shot by rebel soldiers during an attack at his home. Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says he will send more troops and police to East Timor to support the democratically-elected government.
U.S. Senator Barack Obama -- capping off recent victories -- won Sunday's Democratic Party presidential caucus in the (northeastern) state of Maine. Obama defeated Senator Hillary Clinton by a margin of 59 percent to 40 percent. Obama also won state primary elections or caucuses Saturday in Louisiana, Nebraska and Washington (state), as well as in the U.S. Virgin Islands (a U.S. territory). Four of his five victories were by margins of 20 percentage points or greater.
CAMBODIA-EVICTIONS: Amnesty International says the Cambodian government has illegally evicted thousands of people from their homes to make way for commercial development. The rights group released a report today (Monday) that examines what it says are cases that show active government involvement in housing rights violations.
CHINA-WEATHER: Chinese weather officials have warned of another bout of blizzards, as the country recovers from weeks of severe winter weather. The Chinese Meteorological Administration today (Monday) forecast snow and sleet in the next few days in the province of Guizhou -- one of the hardest hit by recent storms. The Western provinces of Guizhou, Sichuan, Gansu, Qinghai and the Tibet Autonomous Region can also expect to see blizzards.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates has endorsed the opinion of his top commander in Iraq, saying there may need to be a "pause" in troop reductions once initial pullouts are completed in July. Gates spoke today (Monday) in Baghdad after a meeting with the U.S. and coalition commander General David Petraeus. General Petraeus said earlier that he believes a pause will be needed to assess the security situation in Iraq before withdrawing additional troops.
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