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Former South Korean President Commits Suicide


SOUTH KOREA - ROH: A top aide to former South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun says he appears to have committed suicide. Moon Jae-in told reporters Mr. Roh left a suicide note before he hiked up a mountain near his home town of Gimhae Saturday morning and jumped to his death. News reports said Mr. Roh asked in the note that his body be cremated. He also called life difficult, and apologized for causing problems for so many people. Police say Mr. Roh suffered severe head injuries in the fall and died while being transported from a small hospital nearby to the larger Busan National University hospital.

SRI LANKA: U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has toured a massive camp for Tamil civilians who fled the final months of fighting in Sri Lanka's recently ended civil war. The secretary-general visited families and an open-air clinic Saturday in the crowded Manik Farm camp, near Vavuniya. It is the north's largest displacement camp, where about 220,000 people are living in tents, heavily guarded by soldiers and surrounded by barbed wire. A VOA correspondent (Steve Herman) on the trip says Mr. Ban spoke to a young girl with a leg wound, who complained that she had been unable to get proper medical care.

NEPAL - BLAST: Police and eyewitnesses in Nepal say a bomb explosion in a church south of the capital has killed two people and wounded at least 15 others. The blast ripped through the Church of the Assumption in the Dhobighat area (in Lalitpur district), outside Kathmandu, early Saturday as worshippers gathered for a morning service. Police say the explosion killed a 30-year-old woman and a 14-year-old girl, who was a high school student from neighboring India. Witnesses say the bomb was hidden in a bag and exploded when someone moved it.

AFGHANISTAN: The NATO-led military force in Afghanistan says one of its soldiers has been killed in fighting in the country's volatile south. A NATO statement issued early Saturday said the service member was killed Friday in a direct-fire attack, a term used to describe an attack where a weapon is fired at a visible target. The alliance did not provide the service member's nationality, and gave no other details about the attack, including its precise location. Also on Friday, the U.S. military said Afghan police killed a senior militant commander this week in the central province of Ghazni.

OBAMA - MEMORIAL DAY: U.S. President Barack Obama has vowed to do all he can to support members of the U.S. military and their families, as Americans mark the Memorial Day holiday on Monday honoring the nation's war dead. In his weekly address Saturday, Mr. Obama declared that he will send U.S. servicemen and women into harm's way only when it is necessary, and will ensure that they have the proper training and equipment. Mr. Obama said Americans have a responsibility to serve all servicemen and women as well as they serve the nation -- a responsibility he said the United States has not always lived up to.

US SHUTTLE: Astronauts aboard the space shuttle Atlantis will try again Saturday to return to Earth after bad weather forced them to spend an extra day in orbit. The U.S. space agency NASA says poor weather conditions prevented a landing during the first opportunity Saturday at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. There will be other landing opportunities later Saturday in Florida as well as at Edwards Air Force Base in California. The agency says there are several chances to land on Sunday as well. Ground controllers canceled both landing opportunities Friday in Florida because of bad weather.

SOMALILA: The African Union is calling on the U.N. Security Council to impose sanctions on Eritrea because of its alleged support of Islamist insurgents in Somalia. The pan-African body said Eritrea's ports and airports should be blocked and that a no-fly zone should be imposed over Somalia. An east African regional group (the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development) has already called for sanctions against Eritrea, which is accused of arming and financing the insurgents. Eritrea's government denies the charges, saying it is the victim of an international conspiracy.

SWINE FLU: Authorities in South Korea say they have confirmed that an American in the country has swine flu. Health authorities said the patient is a 23-year-old woman who came to South Korea earlier this month to work as an English teacher. It is the country's fifth confirmed case of the virus. On Friday, Russia confirmed its first case of the swine influenza A-H1N1, making it the 43rd country to confirm the virus. A top Russian health official said the case was confirmed in a Russian man who recently returned from the United States. The official said the man is getting medical care and is in satisfactory condition.

PAKISTAN: Pakistan's army says its troops are battling militants in the streets of the main town in the Swat Valley. Military spokesman Major-General Athar Abbas told reporters Saturday that troops have entered Mingora and are fighting to capture the town from the Taliban insurgents who control it. Pakistani troops have been advancing toward the town for days. Thousands of civilians began fleeing Mingora last week in anticipation of intense fighting. (News Updates)


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