PAKISTAN POLITICS: Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf says he is resigning to avoid an impeachment battle that he says would harm the nation.
In a speech broadcast live to the nation today (Monday), Mr. Musharraf denied any wrongdoing but said he is stepping down for the good of the country.
He called the impeachment charges against him baseless, but said contesting them could further destabilize the country.
GEORGIA: Russian President Dmitri Medvedev is promising that Russian forces will start pulling out of Georgia today (Monday), but so far there are few signs a withdrawal is taking place.
Moscow has given little detail on exactly when or how quickly the
Russian soldiers will begin leaving. Various media reports say soldiers
do not seem to be preparing for a move.
Mr. Medvedev made his withdrawal commitment in a telephone call Sunday
with French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who drew up the cease-fire
signed by Russia and Georgia.
Mr. Sarkozy told France's "Le Figaro" newspaper that a Russian troop
pullout from Georgia is not negotiable and must take place without
AFGHANISTAN: U.S. and Afghan officials say a suicide bombing outside a U.S. military
base in eastern Afghanistan has killed nine Afghan civilians and
wounded 13 others.
Officials say the car bombing today (Monday) in Khost province did not penetrate the military base.
The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the blast.
The governor of Khost province (Arsala Jamal) says the
victims from the attack were Afghan laborers. He says a second attacker
approached authorities investigating the first blast, but was shot dead
before detonating explosives.
The attack comes as thousands of extra police officers are on duty in
the capital, Kabul, to prevent attacks on today's Independence Day
PHILIPPINES VIOLENCE: Philippine President Gloria Arroyo has ordered security forces to
"defend every inch" of the country from Muslim rebels who launched
several attacks in the south today (Monday).
Philippine officials say the Moro Islamic Liberation Front attacked
villages and burned houses early today in various locations of Lanao
del Norte province on the island of Mindanao. At least 24 people were
killed during the attacks.
A MILF spokesman confirmed that its forces were involved in the
attacks, but said the rebels were not acting on orders from senior
OLYMPICS WRAP: Chinese world champion Liu Xiang has pulled out of the Olympic men's 110-meters hurdles race because of a (right) leg injury and will not compete in front of his home fans.
Liu pulled up in pain before the first hurdle in a qualifying heat at the Bird's Nest stadium (today / Monday). The former world record holder in the event, Liu was the 2004 Olympic champion and was a main attraction for Chinese fans.
Britain has set a new world record in the men's team pursuit cycling event. The four-man team (Ed Clancy, Paul Manning, Geraint Thomas and Bradley Wiggins) covered
the four-thousand meters in a time of three minutes and
53-point-three-one-four seconds, knocking almost two seconds off the
world mark they set on Sunday.