- Bomb in Sri Lanka: At least seven people were killed and 62 injured in a bombing on a packed Sri Lankan commuter train. The military has blamed Tamil Tiger separatists for the attack, the latest in many attacks targeting public transport. The military says it also defused two bombs found on buses over the weekend. Ten days ago a suicide bomber on a motorcycle rammed a bus carrying police officers and last month another explosion inside a bus killed more than 20 people.
- Lebanon Has a New President: Michel Sleiman began his term as Lebanon's new president today. He appealed for unity in the violence-hit country. He said, "let us unite... and work towards a solid reconciliation. We have paid dearly for our national unity. Let us preserve it hand-in-hand." Sleiman's election hailed as the start of a new era, nations on different sides of the political divide seemed united in supporting him. The celebrations of his election came just days after a bitter political feud had threatened to plunge the nation into civil war.
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