US POLITICS: U.S. Democratic Party presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton has won the primary in the eastern state of Pennsylvania, keeping her campaign for the White House alive. The New York senator and former first lady beat Illinois Senator Barack Obama by 10 percentage points. After Tuesday's vote, Clinton addressed cheering supporters in Philadelphia, thanking them for their support and pledging to continue to fight on despite calls for her to step aside. She said because of the support from Pennsylvania, the "tide is turning" (change is happening).
US - MIDEAST: U.S. President George Bush is hosting Jordan's King Abdullah and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas this week to discuss the Middle East peace process. Mr. Bush will have a private breakfast today with King Abdullah, who has supported the Bush administration's effort to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict before the president's term ends early next year. Mr. Abbas is due to meet Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice later today. He meets Thursday with President Bush. The Palestinian president recently met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow to discuss a proposed peace conference to be hosted by the Kremlin.
BURMA - POL: The United States has condemned Burma's military government for reportedly failing to provide critical medical treatment to imprisoned dissidents. The U.S. State Department says it has received reports that detained pro-democracy activist Min Ko Naing could lose his sight if he continues to be denied treatment for an eye infection. State Department spokesman Tom Casey also said Tuesday detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has not received a monthly visit with her doctor. The spokesman said withholding necessary medical treatment for political reasons is a human rights violation.
KOREA - BIRD FLU:
North Korea has asked South Koreans not to bring poultry to a joint industrial zone inside North Korea, because of concerns about a bird flu outbreak in the South. Seoul's Unification Ministry Tuesday said the Kaesong Industrial Zone ban includes poultry, chicken meat and eggs. The H5N1 strain of bird flu has hit at least 25 farms across South Korea. South Korea's Agriculture Ministry announced Monday that four-point-eight-million chickens and ducks already have been slaughtered since the outbreak of bird flu earlier this month.
SRI LANKA: The Sri Lankan government says at least 90 people have died in some of the heaviest fighting this year between government forces and Tamil Tiger rebels. The Sri Lankan defense ministry says 38 soldiers and 52 rebels were killed in heavy fighting in the northern Jaffna peninsula. It says hundreds of other fighters were injured. The rebels confirmed that fighting broke out early today. Each side accuses the other of starting today's fighting.
AFGHANISTAN VIOLENCE: A provincial governor in Afghanistan says a suicide bomber has killed three civilians and wounded at least 14 people. Governor Assadullah Khalid said three intelligence agents were among the wounded in today's attack in the town of Spin Boldak, near the Pakistani border. No one has claimed responsibility. Also today, a Taliban suicide bombing in Gereshk district killed two police officers and wounded three others. In eastern Kunar province, five policemen were killed when insurgents attacked their post. An official said 13 Taliban fighters died in the attack.
IRAQ: The U.S. military says 15 militants were killed in Baghdad Tuesday in a series of strikes. In the deadliest incident, soldiers tracked down a group of militants launching rocket propelled grenade attacks and killed six. The U.S. military also said it fired missiles at a car being used to transport rockets in the Sadr City district of Baghdad, but it denied there were any civilians in the area. The Associated Press reports at least eight civilians died in the attack. Separately, one Iraqi soldier died and four others were wounded in Mosul, when a bomb attached to a vehicle blew up near the city's Provincial Hall.
CAMBODIA - KHMER ROUGE: A former senior member of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge has appeared before the United Nations-sponsored tribunal created to prosecute members of the notorious regime. Khieu Samphan went before the tribunal today to seek release from pre-trial detention. The 76-year-old was arrested last November and charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity. The ex-Khmer Rouge leader has previously stated he had very little power within the regime. During his appearance today, he said his wife had been supporting him and his family since he left the regime.
OLYMPIC TORCH: The Olympic flame has arrived in Australia for Thursday's Canberra leg of the torch relay, as the city prepares for major protests. A flight carrying the flame from Jakarta arrived today at a military airfield outside the Australian capital. Australian Aborigines played traditional music at a welcoming ceremony before the torch was taken to a secret location. Pro-Tibet activists used lasers to projected the words "Don't Torch Tibet" onto a bridge in Sydney. China's ambassador to Australia (Zhang Junsai) told a local television station Tuesday that Chinese flame attendants will protect the flame with their bodies if it is attacked.
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