Friday, June 18, 2010

FP morning brief 6/18

Kyrgyz leader: Up to 2,000 dead

Top news: Kyrgyz interim leader Roza Otunbayeva visited the city of Osh, which has been wracked by ethnic violence this week, vowed to restore order, and said the real death toll from the violence may be ten times larger than the official toll of 191 released by the country's health ministry.

The United Nations also doubled its estimate of the number of refugees who have been forced from their homes to 400,000. The U.N. will begin airlifting aid into Kyrgyzstan this weekend and believes that as many of 1 million people may eventually need aid.

Hundreds of thousands of Uzbek are staying put in squalid refugee camps on the border, fearing a new outbreak of violence if they return home. There is increasing evidence to suggest

Polls: A new survey by the Pew Global Attitudes Project found that President Barack Obama remains popular abroad but has lost popularity in the Muslim world.

  • South Korea's new army chief vowed to bolster military readiness.
  • Sri Lanka is celebrating the first anniversary of the victory over the Tamil Tigers.
  • South Korea and India are launching talks to discuss nuclear energy cooperation.
Middle East
  • Turkey says it killed more than 100 Kurdish rebels in an air raid in Northern Iraq last month.
  • Thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews took to the streets of Jerusalem to protest the Israeli government enforcment of a ban on ethnic segregation in schools.
  • A member of the Sunnin Awakening Council was killed along with his family by gunmen, the 47th member killed in recent days.
  • Ethiopia's Supreme Court rejected the opposition's challenge to May's election result.
  • Rwandan courts released a U.S. lawyer who had been jailed for his comments about the 1994 genocide.
  • Five Somali pirates were convicted for a hijacking at sea in a Dutch court.
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