UN envoy fails to meet Suu Kyi A U.N. envoy left Myanmar on Saturday after failing to meet detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi or coax concessions from the military junta during his six-day mission, diplomats said. Ibrahim Gambari, on his sixth visit as part of a U.N. push for reforms in the former Burma, failed twice to meet the 63-year-old Nobel peace laureate who has been under house arrest for most of the past five years.
YANGON - Reuters
Israel shuts Islamic movement office
Israeli security forces yesterday closed an office of a Muslim charity allegedly linked to the violently anti-Israel Hamas movement. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said police and security agents yesterday raided premises of the "Al Aqsa Institute" in the northern Israeli town of Umm el-Faham and removed computers and documents. Islamic Movement spokesman Zaim Jiday denied the alleged links with Hamas.
JERUSALEM - The Associated Press
10 Taliban killed in Afghan clashes
U.S.-led coalition troops clashed with a group of Taliban fighters in northern Afghanistan yesterday, killing six militants, while four militants were killed in a battle in the south, officials said. In the north, troops returned fire after being attacked by militants while on patrol in the volatile Tagab valley of Kapisa province, said coalition spokesman 1st Lt. Nathan Perry.
KABUL - The Associated Press
Ten missing after giant avalanche in Alps
France's interior minister headed to the French Alps yesterday after 10 people -- including five Austrians and two Swiss -- were reported missing after an avalanche, officials said. Eight climbers -- three Italians and five French -- who were slightly injured in the avalanche have already been brought to safety, while three helicopters, dozens of rescuers and specially-trained dogs searched for survivors near Mont Blanc.
ANNECEY - Agence France-Presse
Taiwan calls on China to seek peace
President Ma Ying-jeou called on China yesterday to usher in an era of peace on the 50th anniversary of a fierce battle between the archrivals. Ma's appeal came as he traveled to Kinmen. Chiang Kai-shek's Nationalist troops held on Kinmen island and had since built Taiwan into a fortress resisting China's efforts to put it under fold.
TAIPEI - The Associated Press
Iran sentences Kurdish activist woman
An Iranian appeals court has upheld a four-year jail term handed down to a Kurdish women's rights activist. Zeinab Bayzeydi, had been involved with the "One Million Signature" campaign, an initiative launched in 2006 seeking to change Iranian law regarded as discriminatory to women. The campaigners demand equal rights in marriage, child custody and divorce.
TEHRAN - Agence France-Presse