A United Nations assessment team is expected to arrive in Haiti today to help prepare for the deployment of U-N peacekeepers in the next three months. One of the team's first tasks will be to help Secretary-General Kofi Annan make recommendations by the end of the month on the size and composition of the mission, in terms of troops, police, political staff and others.
Opposition lawmakers in South Korea have submitted a motion in parliament to impeach President Roh Moo-hyun for violating an election law. Leaders of two opposition parties had warned they would start impeachment proceedings if Mr. Roh did not apologize by Sunday for speaking out in favor of another party.
The Paris-based Lao Movement for Human Rights says authorities have apparently strengthened efforts to harass Christians in southern Attapeu province since the beginning of this year.
The group accused local authorities of telling Christians at a meeting last month that they plan to eradicate Christianity in the region. Laos has not commented on the group's allegations.
The group called on Laos to end all religious repression and allow an international, independent investigation into the allegations.
Last year, the U-S State Department criticized Laos for viewing religion as a threat.