>>Russia and friends – Yesterday Russia announced its expanded support for Abkhazia and South Ossetia, two separatist republics in Georgia. The “support” falls short of full recognition, a step that Russia has threatened in response to the declared independence of Kosovo and Georgia’s bid for NATO membership, but will include direct relations and deeper trade, agriculture, education, diplomacy, and social ties, modeled after the U.S. relationship with Taiwan. Georgia’s foreign minister David Bakradze said that Georgia will seek a special session of the UN Security Council in response.
>>Olympics – Tibetans living in New Delhi greeted the Olympic torch’s arrival with protests yesterday. Over 15,000 police will guard the torch today as it continues its route through the capital, which has already been barricaded and truncated to about a third of its original five-mile length. In advance of the torch’s arrival, protesters lit an alternate torch at Ghandi’s burial spot and planned a parallel relay. Delhi police said they would allow the relay, but would extinguish any alternate torches.
>>South Korea – Yesterday South Korea announced that it would cull 3 million farm birds due to three more bird flu outbreaks. The nation has already had 15 confirmed cases of H5N1 in the last two weeks.
>>East Timor – President and Nobel laureate Jose Ramos-Horta returned home yesterday following more than two months of treatment in Australia for injuries sustained in an assassination attempt by those loyal to rebel leader Alfredo Reinado. Ramos-Horta was greeted by a military parade and thousands of supporters.
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