Officials in Burma say more than 240 people have been killed by a powerful tropical cyclone that slammed into the Irrawaddy delta and the country's main city, Rangoon. The military government declared several disaster areas today (Sunday), including Rangoon, as well as several central and southern states (- Yangon, Ayeyawaddy, Bago, Mon and Karen). Officials say Cyclone Nargis, with winds of up to 190 kilometers per hour, caused extensive damage in Rangoon and the Irrawaddy delta town of Bassein.
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is scheduled to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank city of Ramallah today (Sunday). Rice is in the region to attempt to advance efforts to secure an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal by the end of the year. She says she will urge Israel to remove more barriers and checkpoints in the West Bank when she meets with Israeli and Palestinian leaders in separate talks today (Sunday)
CHINA-DALAI LAMA: Tibet's government-in-exile says two envoys have met with Chinese officials in the city of Shenzhen, near Hong Kong, in a bid to bring peace to Tibet and other Tibetan regions of China. No details of the meeting (today/Sunday) were revealed. Earlier in the day, Chinese President Hu Jintao said he hopes talks with the envoys sent by Tibet's spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, would be beneficial
The Olympic torch began its long tour across mainland China today (Sunday) with a relay on the southern island of Hainan. The torch got off to a shaky start in the seaside resort of Sanya, when it went out as it was given to the first torch bearer, former Olympic speedskating gold medalist Yang Yang. A member of the paramilitary police escorting the torch quickly relit the flame. Thousands of supporters - many waving flags - cheered as the torch was carried through the streets. No protesters were evident during the run.
US PO:ITICS: U.S. Democratic Party presidential candidate Barack Obama has won the nominating caucuses in the U.S. territory of Guam by a seven-vote margin over his rival Hillary Clinton. There were a little over 45-hundred votes cast Saturday on the Pacific island, about twice the number of 2004 -- the previous U.S. presidential election year. Neither candidate made a campaign appearance there.
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