US - AFGHANISTAN: U.S. President Barack Obama says he intends to "finish the job" in
Afghanistan and will soon announce his decision on U.S. troop levels
for the war there.
President Obama said Tuesday at the White House that he will explain
his decision to the American people after this week's Thanksgiving
holiday in the United States.
The president says it is in U.S. strategic interests to make sure
al-Qaida and its allies cannot operate effectively in the region and
Afghanistan's stability is important to that process.
Mr. Obama held his final meeting on a new Afghanistan war strategy with
members of his national security team Monday.
CAMBODIA - UN TRIAL: Prosecutors in the trial of former Khmer Rouge prison chief Kaing Guek
Eav -- known as Duch -- have demanded that he be
sentenced to 40 years in jail for his role in the killing of thousands
Co-prosecutor William Smith told the U.N.-backed tribunal on Wednesday
that Duch spread terror across Cambodia during the Khmer Rouge's
1975-1979 rule. Smith said Duch should be held accountable for what he
called his "unrelenting brutality" at S-21 prison in the Cambodian
capital, Phnom Penh.
PHILIPPINES - MASSACRE: Philippine officials say the death toll from an election-related massacre in the country's south has risen to 57.
Authorities found 11 more bodies Wednesday buried in mass graves
following Monday's attack on a campaign convoy in Maguindanao province
on Mindanao island.
The convoy was carrying journalists and supporters of a would-be
candidate for provincial governor when about 100 gunmen ambushed it.
Officials say at least 18 journalists were killed, making it the
deadliest attack on the media ever recorded anywhere.
CHINA - CLIMATE CHANGE: China says it will seek binding pollution targets when world delegates
attend an international climate change conference next month in
One of China's key climate change negotiators, Li Gao, says Beijing
will not accept that the Copenhagen summit ends with what he called an
empty political declaration.
December's summit was originally slated to be a gathering that would
deliver a new treaty to replace the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. However,
negotiations to reach a new agreement on carbon emissions -- which
scientists say are the chief cause of global warming -- have been
frustrated by a rift between developed and developing nations.
US - INDIA: U.S. President Barack Obama said the U.S. partnership with India will
be one of the defining relationships of the 21st century, as he hosted
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the White House on Tuesday.
The two leaders pledged to work together to strengthen the global
economy, curb climate change, limit nuclear proliferation, and fight
terrorism. President Obama accepted Mr. Singh's invitation to visit
India next year.
Both Mr. Singh and President Obama expressed a need for political
stability in South Asia.
MUSLIMS - HAJJ: Muslims from around the world are in the Saudi city of Mecca for the Hajj pilgrimage.
At least two and a half million people are expected to take part in the
annual ritual as authorities work to overcome warnings of swine flu and
Disease experts say crowded conditions during the Hajj make the kingdom
a prime location for the massive spread of the H1N1 virus.
Saudi officials began a swine flu vaccination campaign ahead of the Hajj rites.
IRAN - LATAM: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is in Venezuela on the latest
stop of a regional tour aimed at boosting ties with supporters of
Iran's controversial nuclear program.
Mr. Ahmadinejad arrived in Caracas late Tuesday and was welcomed at the airport by Venezuelan Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro.
The Iranian president and his Venezuelan ally, President Hugo Chavez,
are due to meet Wednesday. Both leaders are known for their
anti-American rhetoric. They are expected to discuss business
cooperation between their two nations.
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