Monday, May 3, 2010

FP morning brief 5/3

Lone surviving Mumbai attacker convicted

Top story: Pakistani citizen Amjal Kasab, the lone surviving gunman from the 2008 Mumbai attacks, was found guilty by an Indian court on Monday. Kasab was charged with waging war against India, murder, conspiracy and other crimes for his role in the three-day assault that claimed nearly 160 lives.

The judge ruled that the evidence showed the Kasab and the other attackers had been trained and sent by the Pakistani terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba. Kasab had changed his version of events several times over the course of the year-long trial. The verdict comes just days after the prime ministers of India and Pakistan met to discuss resuming peace talks which stalled after the 2008 attacks. India has accused Pakistan's military and intelligence services of aiding attacks against India.

The court also acquitted two Indian men who were accused of helping the attackers by providing them with a map.

New York terror threat: In a series of video messages, the Pakistani Taliban appeared to claim responsibility for the attempting bombing the forced an evacuation of New York's Times Square on Saturday. The videos also feature Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud, provigin the strongest evidence yet that he survived a U.S. drone attack in January, which was thought to have killed him.

Greece: European finance ministers agreed to a record $146.5 million bailout for Greece on Sunday, but investors seemed skeptical of the deal with European shares slipping on Monday. The Greek government has promised to push through severe austerity measures in return for the bailout.

Today: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will address a U.N. Nonproliferation Treaty Review conference in New York today.

Middle East
  • Iraq has begun a manual recount of Baghdad ballots from the March 7 parliamentary election.
  • Arab league foreign ministers have backed new Israeli-Palestinian "proximity talks."
  • A former Iranian government official who backs the opposition was stabbed in Tehran.
  • Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's party held a primary vote on Sunday.
  • President Barack Obama visited the Louisiana coast where cleanup operations are underway for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and held oil giant BP responsible for the disaster and the cleanup.
  • Cuba will allow a small protest by the group Ladies In White after intervention by the country's Catholic Church.
  • At least 25 people were killed in a bombing at a mosque in Mogadishu.
  • Julius Malema, the controversial head of the South African ANC's youth league, is facing a disciplinary hearing over his public behavior.
  • The UN is investigating a massacre by Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army in the DR Congo which reportedly took place in February.
-By Joshua Keating


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