INDONESIA-BALI BOMBERS: Supporters of three executed Indonesian Islamists gathered today
(Sunday) for the funerals of the men convicted of involvement in the
2002 Bali nightclub bombings.
The bodies of the three (Amrozi Nurhasyim, Ali Ghufron and Imam
Samudra) were flownto
their hometowns for burial. The men were put to death shortly after
midnight by a firing squad on an island off the coast of Java. Hundreds
of militants clashed briefly with police as the bodies of the three
were buried in Central and West Java.
US-MIDEAST: U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and members of the
international Middle East quartet met today (Sunday) in Egypt's resort
town of Sharm el-Sheikh to discuss progress in Israeli-Palestinian
peace talks. The quartet heard a progress report from Israeli and
negotiators, and affirmed support for continuing talks amid upcoming
government changes in Israel and the United States.
The group consists of the United States, Russia, the United Nations and
the European Union.
HAITI SCHOOL: The death toll in the collapse of a three-story school in Haiti has
reached at least 88, after rescue workers digging through the rubble
for survivors uncovered a room with 21 dead.
Officials fear the death toll will continue to rise as many students are still missing.
The church-run (La Promesse, or The Promise)school
in Petionville outside Port-au-Prince collapsed Friday into a heap of
cement slabs and steel rods, destroying nearby residences.
Haitian President Rene Preval blamed poor construction for the collapse, including a lack of steel reinforcement.
LATAM STORM: Hurricane Paloma downed power lines, toppled trees and damaged homes as
it roared across Cuba today (Sunday), forcing hundreds of thousands of
people to evacuate.
The storm once had winds of more than 200 kilometers-per-hour, but has
weakened while crossing Cuba. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says
winds are still reaching 155 kilometers-per-hour. Paloma is expected to
continue weakening as it heads towards Cuba's
Atlantic coast. The storm will likely hit the central Bahamas late
Sunday or early Monday.
RUSSIA-SUBMARINE ACCIDENT: The Russian navy says at least 20 people were killed and 21 insured Saturday in an accident on board a nuclear-powered submarine undergoing sea trials in the Sea of Japan.Naval spokesman Captain Igor Dygalo said shipyard workers and military servicemen are among the victims.