BUSH - EUROPE: U.S. President George W. Bush is on his way to Russia and talks with president Vladimir Putin after a stop in Croatia, a country he praised for building what he called "a mature democracy. Speaking in St. Mark's Square in the capital Zagreb, Mr. Bush said Croatia's invitation to join NATO is a sign it fully embraced a democratic system. He assured the Croatian people that America and NATO would come to their aid if needed Croatia, along with Albania, was invited to join NATO during the alliance's summit earlier this week in Bucharest.
ZIMBABWE ELECTION: Armed Zimbabwean police have blocked opposition party lawyers from entering the country's High Court, where they had planned to file a petition to get results of last week's presidential elections released. Lawyers for the Movement for Democratic Change were going to ask the court to force the electoral commission to issue the election results. Independent observers say MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai won the most votes over incumbent Robert Mugabe in the March 29th election, but not enough to avoid a runoff. Tsvangirai says he won the election outright, with more than 50-percent of the ballots cast.
IRAQ: Authorities in Iraq say a Christian priest has been killed in a drive-by shooting in Baghdad today. Youssef Adel was leaving his house in central Baghdad when a group of men in a speeding car opened fire as they drove past. Christians -- a minority in the predominately Islamic nation -- have come under frequent attack in Iraq in recent months. The body of Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho, an Iraqi Chaldean Catholic, was found last month in Mosul, days after he was kidnapped.
JAPAN - G-8: Development ministers from industrial and fast-growing nations opened talks in Tokyo today on ways to maintain foreign aid to Africa and impoverished countries elsewhere. The two-day meeting kicked off a day after the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said Friday that most donors need to increase efforts to meet their stated aid commitments. In opening remarks to the Group of Eight development ministers, Japanese Foreign Minister Masahiko Komura said he was determined to reverse Japan's downward trend of giving, saying foreign aid decreased about 30 percent in 2007 from the year before.
OLYMPICS - CHINA - RIGHTS: A French minister says President Nicolas Sarkozy will boycott the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics unless China frees political prisoners and starts dialogue with the Dalai Lama. French Secretary of State for Human Rights Rama Yade said today Mr. Sarkozy will decide whether to travel to the Games in August, after consulting his European Union partners. Separately, Paris-based Reporters Without Borders says it has obtained an internal memo about Tibet circulated within the International Olympic Committee.
BURMA: Burma's military government has warned that terrorists may be planning bombings during the country's constitutional referendum next month. A commentary in the official "New Light of Myanmar" newspaper said today that authorities arrested a member of Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party last month on explosives charges. The article warned that bombers could target busy places during the annual Water Festival and places where public polls for the referendum will be held.
US - POLITICS: Democratic presidential candidate Senator Hillary Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, have released tax documents that show the couple has made 109-million dollars since 2000. Tax records released Friday show the Clinton's paid 33-million dollars in taxes over that time, and gave more than 10-million dollars to charity. Their biggest source of income was 51-million dollars Bill Clinton has made by giving speeches, and another 30-million dollars he made from his book. A statement on Hillary Clinton's campaign Web site says none of her presidential opponents have revealed nearly as much personal information.
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