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China Photos/Getty Images Top Story China began a three day period of mourning for the roughly 30,000 killed in last week’s earthquake. Nearly 160 relief workers were killed by landslides in the last three days. Asia The Association of Southeast Asian nations agreed on a procedure for flying aid into Burma. Pakistan’s government says there’s ...

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Top Story

China began a three day period of mourning for the roughly 30,000 killed in last week's earthquake. Nearly 160 relief workers were killed by landslides in the last three days.

China Photos/Getty Images

Top Story

China began a three day period of mourning for the roughly 30,000 killed in last week’s earthquake. Nearly 160 relief workers were killed by landslides in the last three days.

Asia

The Association of Southeast Asian nations agreed on a procedure for flying aid into Burma.

Pakistan’s government says there’s no reason to worry about its plans to pull troops back from Taliban-controlled areas.

Former PM Mahathir Mohamed has quit Malaysia’s ruling party in a move that could weaken the current government.

Middle East

Mediators are working to forge an agreement between the Lebanese government and Hezbollah in Qatar.

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is visiting Iraq.

Islamic parties gained in Kuwaiti Parliamentary elections.

President Bush criticized Middle Eastern leaders for the lack of democracy in their countries.

U.S. generals have apologized after a soldier was discovered using a Koran for target practice.

A
frica

Attacks against Zimbabwean refugees and other foreigners are spreading in South Africa.

Assasination fears are keeping opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai from returning to Zimbabwe.

Devastating drought has returned to Ethiopia.

Latin America

A top Farc commander surrendered to authorities in Colombia.

Colombia has denied that accusations that its forces illegally entered Venezuela.

President Leonel Fernandez was elected to a third term in the Dominican Republic.

Europe

Diplomats are meeting in Dublin to discuss an international ban on cluster bombs.

Two diplomats from British defense supplier BAE were questioned by U.S. officials in an ongoing corruptiong investigation.

2008 U.S. Election

John McCain will have to rely on GOP funds to take on Barack Obama.

Obama drew a campaign-high crowd of 75,000 to a rally in Portland, Oregon.

Hillary Clinton is feeling good about tomorrow’s Kentucky primary.

Today’s Agenda

  • Members of the World Health Organization will meet in Geneva.
  • Climate change is on the agenda for today’s European Parliament session.

 

Joshua Keating was an associate editor at Foreign Policy. Twitter: @joshuakeating

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