IRAN: Supporters of defeated Iranian presidential candidate Mir Hossein
Mousavi are planning another rally Wednesday after Friday's disputed
The reformist movement has asked Iran's Interior Ministry for permission to hold the rally, but, to this point, Iranian authorities have banned such gatherings.
Mr. Mousavi issued a statement Wednesday calling on his supporters to stage peaceful demonstrations or to gather in mosques Thursday to honor those killed in post-election violence. In related news, Iran's Press TV reported Wednesday that the nation's Intelligence Ministry has briefed parliament about post-election unrest which, it says, has left eight people dead.
NOKOR-NUCLEAR: Japanese and South Korean news reports say North Korea appears to be
preparing two sites from where a long-range missile could be launched. South Korea's Chosun Ilbo newspaper quotes an unidentified
government official as saying that a special train used to carry a
long-range missile has been spotted on the move.
The report says the train has been seen moving from a missile launch sites on North Korea's northwestern coast (Dongchang-ni) to its northeastern coast (Musudan-ni). A similar report was carried by Japan's Sankei newspaper.
South Korean intelligence and defense officials said they could not confirm the reports.
BURMA-SUUKYI :Lawyers for jailed Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi made a final bid in court Wednesday to reinstate two witnesses in her delayed trial. Kyi Win, the main lawyer on the Nobel Laureate's legal team, tells reporters that a decision is not expected until later Wednesday local time. Kyi Win says he is optimistic the court will accept the request to reinstate the witnesses.
INDONESIA-CORRUPTION: A court in Indonesia has sentenced a relative of Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to four-and-a-half years in prison for embezzling millions of dollars from the country's central bank. Indonesia's corruption court handed down the sentences Wednesday for former Bank of Indonesia deputy governor Aulia Pohan and three other former bank officials. Pohan is the father-in-law of Mr. Yudhoyono's eldest son.
Chinese President Hu Jintao says relations with Russia are a foreign policy priority for his country.
RUSSIA-CHINA: Mr. Hu told Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Wednesday that boosting cooperation between Russia and China is particularly important during the global economic crisis. The Chinese leader held talks with Mr. Putin in Moscow, after taking part in two international summits in the Russian Ural Mountain city of Yekaterinburg on Tuesday. During the BRIC summit, leaders of Brazil, Russia, India and China demanded greater say in the global financial system and a more stable and diversified international monetary system.