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Front Page: Embassy in Serbia, Ceasefire Renewed, PPP

  • More is now known about the Serbian attack on the US Embassy in Belgrade. Some 1,000 protesters set the embassy ablaze in protest over US support of Kosovo's independence. After the mob was dispersed using tear-gas, one burnt body was found inside the building, though all embassy staff members were accounted for. In addition to burning the facade and setting fires within the embassy, protesters also ransacked a nearby McDonald's and Nike store. 140 people were injured in the incidents, 32 of them police officers. Security sources estimated that 150,000 people have joined the protests in total. The United Nations Security Council in a unanimous statement said they “condemn in the strongest terms the mob attacks against embassies in Belgrade which have resulted in damage to embassy premises and have endangered diplomatic personnel.”
  • Shiite cleric Muqtada al Sadr has ordered a renewal of the ceasefire his militia has been observing in Iraq for the past six months. The current ceasefire was set to expire on Saturday. The agreement states that his Mehdi Army will not attack rival armed groups or American forces in Iraq. US military officials are likely relieved as the ceasefire, in conjunction with the surge of US troops and the emergence of US-backed Sunni militia, are all credited with helping to stabilize parts of Iraq.
  • The party of the late Benazir Bhutto, which captured the largest number of votes in Pakistan's election earlier this week, is set to meet to select a Prime Minister. Asif Ali Zardari, the party's leader and Bhutto's widower, is not eligible to run for PM but retains great influence. The fate of Pervez Musharraf is not known.
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