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 Palestinian 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.