John McCain has secured the Republican nomination and will be endorsed by the President today. Hillary Clinton earned campaign-saving wins in Ohio and Texas yesterday (as well as Rhode Island). The government of Chad is building a 10-foot-deep moat around Ndjamena to keep the rebels out. Bjork chants “Tibet, Tibet” at a concert in Shanghai.
>>Columbia, Ecuador, Venezeula – The tension between Ecuardor, Venezuela, and Columbia was ratcheted up yesterday when Columbian President Alvaro Uribe said he would ask the ICC to prosecute Hugo Chavez for his alleged involvement with FARC, based, in part, on intelligence Columbia claims was seized from FARC computers during its raid across the Ecuadorian border (the incursion that sparked this crisis). Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa stated yesterday that, if Columbia did not apologize for the attack and acknowledge the fabrication of claims that Ecuador supported FARC, it would be forced to “defend itself.” President Bush announced his support for Columbia.
>>Kenya – President Kibaki and opposition leader Odinga agreed to a roadmap for constitutional reform yesterday. When parliament meets on Thursday, its first act of business will be to enact the full power-sharing deal and create the post of Prime Minister, which will be filled by Odinga.
>>Gazprom – Yesterday Russia’s new president and Gazprom chairman, Dmitry Medvedev, kept his promise to cut gas supplies
to Ukraine by an additional 25 percent — on top of a previous 25
percent cut — due to the Ukraine’s failure to pay a $600 million bill.
Threats of additional cuts have been made. Europe is bracing for possible cuts to its supply.
>>Yemen – UNHCR has said that the number of people being smuggled into Yemen tripled during the first two months of 2008 in comparison to the same time period in 2007. Most are believed to be from Somalia and to have fled across the Gulf of Aden. Nearly 9,000 arrived during January and February; 113 died; and 200 are missing. The UN shelters those who make it.
Yesterday in UN Dispatch
Human Rights Chief to Leave Post – by John Boonstra
crimes prosecutor won’t meet Uganda rebels – by
Barrymore Helps Fight Hunger in Kenya – by Mark
The Rest of the Story
in people smuggling
jail for genocide guilty
charge for Nigerian rebel
al-Qaeda suspect named
slave rescue bid resumes
Gambari set to return to Myanmar, hopes low
battle plans for world’s cheapest car
offers talks with Taiwan on equal footing
officials urge Arroyo to come clean
says Tibetan lama too young to be MP
to merge ministries in government revamp
PM hits out at critics
on Armenian-Azeri border
warning on India nuclear deal
drops cases against Zardari
nationalists seek anti-EU vote over Kosovo
airports hit by strike
Premier and Challenger Trade Barbs in Angry Debate
Ends in N. Ireland as Paisley Says He’ll Retire
withdraws troops from northern Iraq
Says Iran May Not Have Come Clean on Nuclear Past
Flare at 2 Iranian Campuses
Mideast Peace Talks to Resume
launches fresh Gaza raid
Rebuffs Call by Rice to Return to Talks