SUDAN - WAR CRIMES: The International Criminal Court's (ICC) prosecutor has filed charges of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes against Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. Luis Moreno-Ocampo today (Monday) accused Mr. Bashir of masterminding a campaign of murder, rape and forced deportation against the Fur, Masalit and Zaghawa tribes in Sudan's Darfur region.
AFGHANISTAN: A NATO spokesman says a militant attack that killed nine U.S. soldiers in eastern Afghanistan Sunday was a complex, well-organized operation. More than 100 militants attacked a newly-built base in the Kunar province. The spokesman says it is clear the militants wanted to overrun the base. Sunday's attack was one of the deadliest against foreign troops in Afghanistan since the U.S.-led invasion in 2001. Fifteen U.S. soldiers and four Afghan troops were wounded during the incident.
SOKOR - JAPAN: South Korea says it will recall its ambassador to Japan, after Tokyo again claimed sovereignty over islands controlled by Seoul. The move came after Japan published new education guidelines to teach middle school students the disputed islands, called Takeshima in Japan and Dokdo in South Korea, are Japanese territory.
KOREAS - TOURIST KILLED: The leader of South Korea's ruling Grand National Party has proposed dialogue with North Korea to reduce tensions caused by the shooting death last week of a South Korean tourist by a soldier. Hong Joon-pyo told parliament in Seoul today that the communist North also should cooperate in an investigation into the death last week of the 53-year-old housewife.
VIETNAM - MISS UNIVERSE: Miss Venezuela, 22-year-old Dayana Mendoza, was crowned Miss Universe 2008 today (Monday) at the pageant in the Vietnamese resort city of Nha Trang. The brunette beat out contestants from 79 other countries to become the 57th winner of the Miss Universe title. The five finalists included contestants from Russia, Colombia, the Dominican Republic and Mexico, along with Venezuela. Mendoza received the crown from her predecessor, Riyo Mori of Japan, after American television talk show host Jerry Springer announced the winner to hundreds of millions of viewers around the world.
AUSTRALIA - POPE - MUSLIMS: Australia's Muslim leaders have opened their mosques and schools to house Roman Catholic pilgrims for World Youth Day in an effort to ease inter-faith tensions. Roman Catholic leaders in Australia had sought the help of other faiths to house the thousands of foreign pilgrims arriving for World Youth Day events this week. Sydney's Muslim community responded with an offer to accommodate young visitors in Islamic schools.
TURKEY - COUP PLOT: A Turkish prosecutor has filed an indictment against 86 people alleged to be involved in plots to overthrow the government. The prosecutor (Aykut Gengiz Engin) announced the indictments today (Monday) in Istanbul. He said the defendants have been charged with either forming or being a member of a terrorist organization and attempting to overthrow the government. There are reports that former army officials and journalists are among the defendants.
ANHEUSER-BUSCH TAKEOVER: U.S. brewing giant Anheuser-Busch has agreed to a takeover bid from the Belgian-Brazilian company InBev. Tho two companies said today (Monday) in a joint statement that Anheuser's board had unanimously accepted an offer of 70 dollars per share - making the deal worth 52 billion dollars. The merger will result in the world's largest beer maker with ownership of some of the world's best-known brands, including Stella Artois and Beck's. It would be the third-largest foreign takeover of a U.S. company.
US ECONOMY: The United States Treasury and Federal Reserve have announced measures aimed at supporting two huge U.S. mortgage giants whose shares have fallen sharply during the ongoing housing crisis. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said Sunday the treasury is seeking authority to expand its current line of credit to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which hold some five trillion dollars in mortgage securities. Paulson said the strength of the two lenders is important to maintaining confidence and stability in the U.S. financial system.
CHINA - RIOT ARRESTS: Police in southwest China say they have arrested 100 people, including 39 gang members, for their involvement in a major riot last month. A protest on June 28th involving 30 thousand people left government buildings and cars burned in Weng'an, in Guizhou province.
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