Students march in Indian Kashmir Thousands of students and protesters marched through the main city of Indian Kashmir yesterday to press their demands for independence from India. The demonstration, which came after several days of relative calm, were small compared to the massive protests that have rocked the state over the last two months. At least 34 people have been killed in the unrest.
SRINAGAR - The Associated Press
US frees Reuters Iraq cameraman
The U.S. military freed a Reuters television cameraman yesterday after holding him for three weeks in Iraq without charges. Ali al-Mashhadani, who also works freelance for the BBC and Washington-based National Public Radio, was detained in Baghdad on July 30 while he was in the Green Zone government compound for routine checks for a U.S. military press card.
BAGHDAD - Reuters
Philippine peace process in tatters
A Muslim rebel organization rejected demands by the Philippine government yesterday for the surrender of two renegade commanders blamed for attacks that killed dozens of people, setting the stage for a possible escalation in fighting. Government Press Secretary Jesus Dureza said the Moro Islamic Liberation Front should hand over Abdullah Macapaar, also known as Bravo, and Ameril Umbra Kato.
ILIGAN - The Associated Press
Climate conference held in Ghana
Negotiators met in Ghana yesterday, to work on a new climate change treaty and discuss ways to tempt developing countries to join the fight against global warming. Nearly 1,600 delegates and environmental experts from more than 150 countries attended the weeklong U.N. conference to work on an agreement to regulate emissions of greenhouse gases.
ACCRA - The Associated Press
Fiji faces suspension from forum
Fiji faces suspension from a 16-nation regional forum by year's end unless its military government can show progress toward holding democratic elections, Pacific leaders warned yesterday. In an unanimous statement, Pacific Islands Forum leaders also condemned recent statements by Fiji coup leader Commodore Frank Bainimarama that reversed his 2007 pledge to hold elections by March 2009.
NIUE - Reuters
At least 74 killed in flooding in India
At least 74 people died as heavy monsoon rains lashed northern India, bringing dozens of poorly constructed buildings crashing down, police said yesterday. All the deaths were reported from Uttar Pradesh state, one of India's poorest, and raise the death toll across the country from this year's monsoon season to more than 300 people.
LUCKNOW - The Associated Press