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NUCLEAR SUMMIT: World leaders are gathering in Washington, DC for an international nuclear summit on developing a global strategy to keep nuclear weapons out of the hands of terrorists. U.S. President Barack Obama, who opens the two-day meeting Monday evening, says terrorists who obtained nuclear materials would be the "single biggest threat" to U.S. security. Mr. Obama told reporters Sunday that terrorist organizations like al-Qaida are trying to secure nuclear weapons, and if they succeed it could change the global security landscape for years to come. He said terrorists would not hesitate to use those weapons. Mr. Obama hopes to enlist other nations to help secure all loose nuclear materials -- items that could cause harm if they fell into the hands of terrorists -- within four years. North Korea, Iran, and Syria, much criticized by the west for their suspected nuclear agendas, were not invited to the summit.
KYRGYZSTAN: The first deputy leader of Kyrgyzstan's interim government
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said Monday they are planning a "special operation" to arrest ousted President Kurmanbek Bakiyev. Almaz Atambayev says the operation will be done "with no innocent blood shed."In Southern Kyrgyzstan Monday Mr. Bakiyev made his first public appearance since being ousted. Speaking to scores of supporters in Teyit, the deposed leader said he remains the legitimate president of the ex-Soviet state. The French news agency says Mr. Bakiyev described the interim leaders as "natural gangsters." In Bishkek the new leaders said the Kyrgyz people could expect changes under the interim government, including transforming the political system into a parliamentary republic instead of a presidential parliamentary system. Atambayev also said the new government is "open to discussions" with all countries. Atambayev says they have asked Russia for about $150 million in aid.
THAILAND PROTESTS: Anti-government protesters paraded empty coffins through the streets of Bangkok Monday to mourn the victims of Saturday's violent clashes with security forces that left 21 people dead and nearly 900 injured. Grieving family members also led a procession for the dead late Sunday, some carrying coffins and others holding pictures of so-called Red Shirt protesters killed when security forces tried to dislodge the demonstrators from their encampments.
Protesters continue to reject negotiations, and maintain their occupation of key areas in the center of the Thai capital -- the main shopping area and the city's historic district. The demonstrators are demanding that Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva resign. Mr. Abhisit has said he will not step down, and he has urged protesters to meet with him. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Sunday the United States hopes the upcoming Thai new year (Songkran), which begins Tuesday, will serve as an opportunity for "renewal and reconciliation."
Lao New Year: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wishes the people of Laos a prosperous New Year. On behalf of President Obama and the Emerican people, it is my great pleasure to wish the people of Laos a peaceful and prosperous Lao New Year . This is an opportunity to honor Lao culture and heritagem and to come together to welcome new beginnings and new possibilities. As we commemorate the 55th anniversary of bilateral relations between the United States and Laos, I look forward to working together to broaden the partnership between our governments and deepen the friendship between our people. I offer my warmest wishes for a happy and safe holiday.
AFGHAN - VIOLENCE: Afghan officials say NATO troops opened fire on a bus in southern Afghanistan Monday, killing at least four people and wounding 18 others. A spokesman for Kandahar province says the shooting happened Monday morning as the bus was heading from Kandahar to the western city of Herat. A woman and a child were among the four killed. NATO soldiers took 12 of the wounded to a military hospital. NATO says it is investigating the incident
Following the bus shooting, suicide bombers attacked the Afghan intelligence services compound resulting in a deadly gunfight.
Afghan officials say one bomber blew himself up and another was killed by security forces.
RUSSIA - JUDGE: Russian officials say a Moscow judge has been killed in a shooting near his home. Investigators say Moscow City Court judge Eduard Chuvashov was shot Monday morning in the stairway of his apartment building. Chuvashov has presided over several high-profile cases, including the February sentencing of a group of skinhead gang members for race-motivated murders. There have been no reports of arrests in Monday's shooting.