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Aung San Suu Kyi Found Guilty, Will Serve House Arrest


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 Saturday.

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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