OBAMA-AFGHANISTAN: U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has met with Afghan
President Hamid Karzai in the capital, Kabul, as part of an international tour
aimed at boosting the senator's foreign policy credentials
the heavily guarded Afghan presidential palace did not reveal details of the
meeting (today/Sunday), which followed Obama's breakfast with U.S.
The first-term senator had recently criticized Mr. Karzai, saying
his government has not been aggressive enough in tackling corruption, organizing
the judiciary and police and earning the Afghan people's confidence.
IRAQ: Militants in Iraq who claim to have kidnapped five Britons have released a video that says one of the hostages has committed suicide.
The British newspaper "The Sunday Times" says its office in Baghdad recieved the
video from a Shi'ite militant group.
According to the paper, the
militants say the hostage committed suicide in May, blaming the "procrastination
and lack of seriousness" on the part of the British government to gain the
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown says the video is a
very distressing development.
IRAN-NUCLEAR: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has described Saturday's nuclear talks
with world powers in Geneva as a step forward.At the meeting, Iran was
given a two-week deadline to decided whether it will accept an incentives
package in exchange for suspending its nuclear program. The European
Union's foreign policy chief Javier Solana Saturday said he hopes Iran will
provide an answer soon.Iran's top nuclear negotiator, Saeed Jalili, said
many of the problems related to the Iranian nuclear dispute can be resolved.
CHINA-OLYMPICS: China has initiated new driving restrictions in the capital of Beijing, banning
more than a million cars from its streets for next month's Olympics.The
rules, which took effect today and will stay in effect until September 20th,
will ban cars on alternate days depending on whether their license plates end in
odd or even numbers.The government hopes to keep about half of its
three-point-three million cars off Beijing's streets to cut down on
ASEAN: Foreign ministers from the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations
begin a series of meetings today (Sunday) in Singapore to discuss
far-ranging issues involving security in the region.High on the agenda
will be relief efforts in the military-ruled nation of Burma, which was
devastated by cyclone Nargis in May The storm killed 78-thousand people and left
56-thousand others missing.ASEAN has been condemned by Western countries
and human rights groups for failing to exert greater pressure on Burma to
implement democratic reforms.
CAMBODIA-THAILAND: A delegation of foreign diplomats has arrived in Cambodia -- a country that
remains locked in a border dispute with Thailand.
French, and U.S. officials flew in to Preah Vihear province on Saturday. The
diplomats toured the site of an ancient Hindu temple whose ownership is disputed
between Thailand and Cambodia.
China's official Xinhua news agency says
the officials took pictures of the site, but did not attempt to mediate between
the two sides.