Tuesday, March 30, 2010

FP morning post 3/30

Russia mourns 38 left dead in terrorist bombing

Top Story: In the wake of a double suicide bombing in the Russian subway system at rush hour, an attack that killed at least three dozen and injured more than a hundred, Russian security forces weighed a response. The attackers are presumed to be Chechens, but the two women who carried out the suicide bombing have not yet been identified.

Some Russian agents were said to be investigating whether the "Black Widows" might have been avenging the death of Chechen rebel leader Said Buryatsky, who was killed at the beginning of March in Ingushetia in the restive North Caucasus region. But in the meantime, Moscow is mourning while world leaders offer condolences and promises to help Russia fight domestic terrorism.

To Watch: Amnesty International released its annual report on executions in the world, and said China leads, with "thousands" executed each year.

  • Tomorrow, Haitian President René Préval will announce a $3.9 billion reconstruction plan for Haiti at a U.N. donors conference.
  • U.S.-led forces will start a major anti-Taliban offensive in Kandahar in June.
  • Admiral Mike Mullen, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, is visiting Afghanistan today.
  • Mexican officials have arrested the head of the Barrio Azteca gang, reportedly responsible for much of the drug-related violence in Ciudad Juarez and the Mexico-U.S. border.
  • South Korean President Lee Myung-bak visited the disputed waters off the Korean Peninsula where a naval ship went down four days ago.
  • Myanmar's opposition expressed concern over the decision of Aung San Suu Kyi's party, the National League for Democracy, to pull out of elections for the first time in 20 years.
  • Talks between the Thai government and the "red shirt" protesters have stalled.
Middle East
  • A kidnapped Iranian diplomat was freed in Pakistan.
  • Israeli Defense Forces killed a Palestinian teenager trying to cross the fence from Gaza to Israel.
  • Car bombs have killed five in Karbala, Iraq.
  • The party of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi improved its parliamentary seat-count in Italy's regional elections, the final tally shows.
  • French President Nicolas Sarkozy is meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama today.
  • Serbia's parliament is debating an act officially apologizing for not doing more to prevent the Srebrenica massacre.
  • Somali pirates have commandeered three ships.
  • A South Sudanese political party raised concerns that the government is printing ballots on its own presses.
  • A group of white farmers ousted from their land in Zimbabwe are seeking government land in South Africa.


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