Libya, US clinch compensation deal Libya and the United States signed a comprehensive deal yesterday to compensate all U.S. and Libyan victims of bombings or their relatives, Libyan officials said. The U.S. victims include those who died in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, that killed 270 people and the 1986 bombing of a Berlin disco that killed three people and wounded 229.
TRIPOLI - Reuters
Talks will resume, says Tsvangirai
Zimbabwe's opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai of MDC (Movement for Democratic Change) said yesterday that power-sharing talks with President Robert Mugabe's government will resume. Tsvangirai told reporters at Harare airport that negotiations couldn't be judged on a deadlock over one issue. He added that there will always be people to break that deadlock and Zimbabwe was founded through thousands of negotiations.
HRE - Reuters
Cambodia, Thailand agree troop pull-back
Cambodia and Thailand have agreed to withdraw most of the 1,000 troops facing off for a month near the disputed Preah Vihear temple on their border, a Cambodian commander on the ground said yesterday. Preah Vihear has been claimed by both sides for decades, but was awarded to Cambodia by the International Court of Justice in 1962, a ruling that has rankled in Thailand ever since.
PHNOM PENH - Reuters
Nigeria cedes Bakassi to Cameroon
Nigerian delegates formally signed over the oil-rich Bakassi Peninsula to Cameroon yesterday, ending a decades-old dispute that brought the two neighbors to the brink of war. "The Nigerian-Cameroon relationship will develop very well because of the handing over," said Kieran Prendergast, a member of the United Nations delegation at the event.
CALABAR - Reuters
Serbian FM heads to New York
Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic headed to New York yesterday to seek U.N. support for his country's plan to challenge Kosovo's independence at the International Court of Justice. Jeremic will submit a resolution to the U.N. General Assembly seeking an opinion from the Netherlands-based court about the legality of Kosovo's secession from Serbia, the foreign ministry said in a statement.
BELGRADE - The Associated Press
Rockets fired at Kabul airport
Two rockets were fired at Afghanistan's main international airport in Kabul yesterday, injuring two civilians but causing little damage, the interior ministry said. It was not known who might have fired the rockets. There are periodic rocket strikes on the city, blamed on Taliban insurgents and other rebel groups, but few cause significant damage or casualties.
KABUL - Agence France-Presse