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Top News Stories 2008-03-10 07:03:59

Front Page: Tibet Protests, Latin American Peace, Musharraf

  • Beginning a march from India to Tibet, more than 100 Tibetan exiles are waging a protest against Chinese rule in the region. Using China's time in the spotlight as the host of the upcoming Olympics, Tibetans say this could be their biggest protest since their exile in 1959. The Dalai Lama approved of China hosting the games as it provides a forum for the world to pressure the Chinese government to uphold Olympic ideals of freedom of speech and equality. Using very pointed words, the Dalai Lama said "repression continues to increase with numerous, unimaginable and gross violations of human rights, denial of religious freedom, and the politicization of religious issues" by China.

  • The tension between the four Latin American nations that were facing a diplomatic crisis over a Colombian military raid in Ecuador has ended with handshakes and embraces at a summit meeting. The four leaders that had earlier been insulting each other and shooting accusations of treachery, resolved the situation within the span of the meeting. President Rafael Correa of Ecuador shook hands with Colombia’s president, Álvaro Uribe, and said “with the commitment of never attacking a brother country again and by asking forgiveness, we can consider this very serious incident resolved.”
  • Yesterday, the leaders of the two major political parties who beat Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf last month combined forces and agreed that they would reinstate the judges fired by the president and would also take action to strip him of crucial powers. This agreement is a direct threat to Musharraf as the restored judges could now rule on petitions calling into question the validity of his re-election last October. Critics say Musharraf dismissed the judges last November exactly because he was afraid they would invalidate his presidency. Neither Musharraf nor the White House has commented on the agreement.
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