CAMBODIA - THAILAND: Cambodian officials say more Thai troops have crossed the border as a standoff triggered by a long-standing dispute over an ancient temple heads into a second day today.Cambodian officials say 200 Thai soldiers have entered the country since Tuesday, when three Thai activists were arrested for illegally entering Cambodia to reach the 11th century Preah Vihear temple. The activists have since been released to Thai authorities. Thai officials say their soldiers have not crossed into Cambodia and are patrolling the border. Cambodia has also deployed hundreds of troops in the area.
MALAYSIA - ANWAR: The lawyer for Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim says the former deputy prime minister has been arrested outside his home in Kuala Lumpur.Sankara Nair says Anwar was detained today just outside his residence. Anwar was scheduled to give police his statement today in connection with a sodomy accusation filed by a former male aide. Police had set an early afternoon deadline for the former deputy prime minister to report for questioning, but he was arrested before then. His lawyer said Tuesday an arrest warrant had been issued for his client.Anwar says the accusations are part of a plot by Malaysia's ruling party to keep him from taking power.
SOKOR - SAMSUNG: The former head of South Korea's Samsung Group has received a three-year suspended prison sentence on tax evasion charges.A court in Seoul also fined Lee Kun-hee 109 million dollars today. But the court cleared Lee of more serious charges, including breach of trust.The 66-year-old Lee stepped down as chairman of the country's biggest family-run conglomerate in April after prosecutors accused him of evading more than 100 million dollars in taxes, and illegally transferring control of the Samsung group to his son. Prosecutors asked the court to sentence Lee to seven years in prison and fine him 350-million dollars.
CHINA - OLYMPICS - TERRORISM: Chinese state media says authorities have broken up 12 terrorist organizations in the western region of Xinjiang so far this year.Officials in the city of Kashgar says the groups, including the East Turkistan Islamic Movement and Hizb ut-Tahrir, were linked to international terrorist organizations.In recent weeks Chinese authorities have reported disrupting or dismantling several terrorist groups that allegedly posed a threat to August's Olympic Games in Beijing. The state-run news agency Xinhua announced last week that police broke up five groups in Xinjiang and arrested 82 suspected terrorists.Beijing has repeatedly said that terrorism poses the biggest threat to the Olympics.
BURMA - US: The U.S. House of Representatives has voted unanimously to tighten sanctions against Burmese military rulers. If approved by the U.S. Senate, the bill will block the importation of Burmese gems into the United States and tighten financial sanctions against Burmese leaders.House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Howard Berman said Tuesday that the bill will take hundreds of millions of dollars out of the hands of the Burmese government each year. The Democratic lawmaker Berman said he hopes the bill will encourage other countries to examine their financial dealings with Burma -- as the United States, Canada and Europe have done.
ISRAEL - HEZBOLLAH: The Lebanese militant group Hezbollah has handed over coffins it says contain
the remains of two Israeli soldiers to the Red Cross, as part of a prisoner
exchange with Israel.DNA tests are underway to confirm the identity of
the soldiers, whose capture in a 2006 cross-border attack by Hezbollah sparked a
34-day war. A Hezbollah security official (Wafik Safa) disclosed for the
first time today the soldiers (Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad
Regev) were dead. Family and friends who gathered at the homes of
the soldiers were stricken with grief after hearing the news.Meanwhile,
Lebanon has prepared a red-carpet welcome for five Lebanese prisoners to be
handed over by Israel.
IRAN - NUCLEAR: A senior U.S. official says the United States will send a top diplomat to
participate in talks with Iran about Tehran's nuclear program at a meeting
Saturday in Geneva. In a shift in long-standing policy, the official
said Undersecretary of State William Burns will join a meeting with Iran's top
nuclear negotiator, Saeed Jalili, and European Union foreign policy chief Javier
Solana.The U.S has previously refused to attend any talks with Tehran on
its nuclear program until it stops enriching uranium.The American
official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, stressed that Burns will not
negotiate during his visit and will not hold separate meetings with the
US - POLITICS: Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama says the Bush
administration's focus on the Iraq war is distracting the U.S. from
every other threat it faces.
Obama said Tuesday that he believes all Americans are "thrilled" that
the Bush administration's troop surge in Iraq has reduced violence in
But, he told U.S. television network CNN that the central front in the
U.S. war against terrorism should be in Afghanistan, where he says the
situation is deteriorating.
Obama also said that as president he would order military action in
Pakistan if he gets intelligence on the whereabouts of al-Qaida's
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