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Indonesian President: Bali Bombing Suspect Killed


INDONESIA - SECURITY: Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has confirmed that a leading Southeast Asian militant, wanted for the 2002 Bali bombings, was killed during a raid on the main island of Java Tuesday. Mr. Yudhoyono made the announcement Wednesday in a speech before Australian lawmakers in the capital Canberra. Dulmatin, a high-ranking member of the Jemaah Islamiyah terrorist group, is believed to have planned the 2002 bombings on the Indonesian resort island of Bali that killed 202 people, many of them Australian tourists.

BURMA ELECTION: Burma's opposition National League for Democracy party may be forced to expel its detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi, due to new election laws issued by the country's ruling military junta. The new Political Parties Registration Act, published Tuesday in state-sanctioned newspapers, says anyone convicted of a crime cannot be a member of a political party. Aung San Suu Kyi was convicted last August of violating the terms of her house arrest when she gave shelter to an American man who swam to her home uninvited.

TIBET: The Dalai Lama says China's actions in Tibet are intended to "deliberately annihilate Buddhism." The spiritual leader leveled the accusations Wednesday in a speech in Dharmsala, India, the seat of his government in exile, marking the 51st anniversary of the failed Tibetan uprising against Chinese rule. The Dalai Lama says Beijing is conducting "various political campaigns" in Tibet, and subjecting Buddhist monks and nuns in prison-like conditions. The exiled spiritual leader also expressed frustration with China over his attempts to negotiate greater autonomy for Tibet.

PAKISTAN: Pakistani police say militants have attacked the office of a U.S.-based Christian aid group in Pakistan's North West Frontier Province, killing five people. Police say the assailants threw grenades and opened fire at a World Vision office in Mansehra district Wednesday. World Vision identified those killed as Pakistani employees of the agency. Police say two women were among the dead. Officials say police exchanged fire with the attackers, who later fled the scene. A World Vision employee told the French news agency he was inside the building when he saw 15 militants storm into it and shoot his colleagues.

AFGHANISTAN - IRAN: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is in Afghanistan for talks with Afghan leaders on developing relations between the two neighbors. Mr. Ahmadinejad arrived in Kabul Wednesday, just as U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates was ending a tour of Afghanistan. The Iranian president later met with his Afghan counterpart, Hamid Karzai. Details of their talks were not immediately available. Gates had expressed concern about the Iranian leader's visit while touring an Afghan army training center outside the Afghan capital.

ISRAEL - PALESTINIANS: U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has joined U.S. Vice President Joe Biden in condemning an Israeli plan to build new housing in disputed East Jerusalem. The plan approved Tuesday by Israel's interior ministry calls for 1,600 new apartments in Ramat Shlomo, an ultra-Orthodox Jewish community built on land the Palestinians want for a future capital. Mr. Ban's office issued a statement reiterating that settlements are "illegal under international law" as well as "contrary to Israel's obligations under the 2003" road map peace plan.

US - JIHAD: U.S. officials have indicted an American woman suspected of recruiting Muslims on the Internet to carry out "violent jihad," or holy war, in South Asia and Europe. The Justice Department announced Tuesday the indictment of Colleen LaRose, also known as "Jihad Jane," in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania She is charged with conspiring to give material support to terrorists, conspiracy to kill in a foreign country, and other offenses. LaRose, who is 46 years old, is believed to have converted to Islam. She has been in federal custody since October.

US - HAITI: U.S. President Barack Obama and Haitian President Rene Preval are scheduled to meet at the White House Wednesday, to discuss U.S. and international support for earthquake recovery and reconstruction in Haiti. Mr. Preval may also meet with U.S. lawmakers on Capitol Hill after his discussions with Mr. Obama, as key members of Congress urge an expansion of U.S. trade benefits to help Haiti rebuild its clothing sector. After meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton on Tuesday, Mr. Preval said it would be a major historical mistake to rebuild Haiti's capital to the way it was before January's earthquake.

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