BURMA - SUU KYI: A Burmese court found democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi guilty of
violating an internal security law and she was given another 18 months
of house arrest.
The court at Rangoon's Insein prison initially sentenced the Nobel
Peace Laureate to three years in prison with hard labor but that was
reduced to one and a half years of house arrest on the orders of
Burma's ruling General Than Shwe.
Officials said she was driven back to her lakeside villa in Rangoon to serve her term.
BURMA - SUU KYI REACT: The International Community is reacting with outrage to the conviction
and sentencing of Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
The Swedish presidency of the European Union issued a statement vowing further sanctions against the military regime.
The statement from Brussels said the EU condemns the verdict and the unjustified trial.
Calling the charges a breach of national and international law, the EU
called on Burma to immediately and unconditionally release her.
THAILAND - US - ARMS DEALER: A Thai court refused Tuesday to extradite alleged Russian arms dealer
Viktor Bout to the United States to face trial on charges of supplying
weapons to Colombian rebels.
Washington wants to try Bout, dubbed the "Merchant of Death," for
conspiracy to sell millions of dollars of weapons to rebels from the
Revolutionary Forces of Columbia, or FARC.
The judge delivering the verdict said the case is political because the
FARC is fighting for a political cause and is not a criminal gang.
ASIA - STORMS: Chinese state media say a massive landslide triggered by torrential
rain from Typhoon Morakot has toppled seven houses in eastern China,
killing two people and injuring four.
The buildings collapsed late Monday in the town of Pengxi, in Zhejiang
province's Wenzhou city.
The death toll from two tropical cyclones that have battered parts of
East Asia in recent days has risen to more than 50.
Authorities in Taiwan say Typhoon Morakot killed at least 15 people and
left at least 55 others missing when it struck the island on Friday and
US - AFRICA: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in the troubled eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo to address the plight of women who have been victimized by sexual violence. Clinton flew to Goma, the capital of the volatile North Kivu province, Tuesday aboard a United Nations plane. She will meet rape victims at a camp that houses 18,000 displaced Congolese. The U.N. has recorded at least 200,000 cases of rapes in the region since 1996, when fighting began between the military and rebel groups fighting over the region's vast mineral wealth.
PAKISTAN: Pakistani officials say a suspected U.S. missile strike has killed at
least 10 militants in South Waziristan.
The officials said the drone attack Tuesday targeted a suspected
militant camp in the northwestern tribal area.
A strike in the same region last week was reported to have killed
Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud.
The Pakistani Taliban says the reports of Mehsud's death are false, but
Pakistani interior minister Rehman Malik told VOA (Urdu service) Monday
that there is credible intelligence confirming he was killed and that
agents are working to get forensic proof.
PALESTINIANS - FATAH: Polling officials for the Palestinian organization Fatah say initial
results show the movement has overhauled its leadership by electing a
younger generation to membership in its highest body. Officials said
Tuesday the organization re-elected less than half of
the Central Committee's incumbents, with younger people winning at
least 13 of the 18 elected committee posts.
Election authorities said Palestinian activist Marwan Barghouti was one
of the new members elected to the Central Committee.
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