PHILIPPINES: Dozens of gunmen kidnapped a group of journalists and family and supporters of a candidate for provincial governor, killing at least 21 of them in the southern Philippines’ worst incident of political violence in years. No one claimed responsibility for the bloodshed.
INDONESIA: An overloaded ferry sank off the coast of western Indonesia Sunday and 255 survivors have been pulled from the sea. But at least 29 people died and at least 17 others are still missing.
Around 12 million people in the west African nations of Benin, Sierra Leone, and Liberia will be receiving the yellow fever immunization, the largest rollout of vaccines in the world.
UGANDA: Comments by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez describing Ugandan dictator Idi Amin as maybe a “great nationalist” have been criticized by the Ugandan government.
SOUTH AFRICA: Ahead of the World Cup in 2010 South Africa is setting up special fast-track courts to handle crime.
GERMANY: New immigrants to Germany will have to sign a contract that will clarify their immigrant responsibilities according to immigration authorities. These responsibilities include learning German and upholding values such as freedom of speech and sexual equality.
NORTHERN IRELAND: Irish Republican Army (IRA) dissidents left a 400-pound car bomb outside the headquarters of the Northern Ireland Policing Bomb in Belfast on Saturday night. But the homemade device failed to detonate, the police said. Politicians are warning of a rising threat of violence from IRA die-hards.
ARGENTINA: One person dies every 28 hours in Argentina due to state security forces repression, including so-called “trigger-happy” police and deaths in jail, according to a study by a group against corruption and repression in the country.
VENEZUELA: Over the weekend, President Hugo Chavez encouraged Venezuelan citizens to join local government militias and to be prepared for a foreign invasion.
EGYPT: Egyptian police have seized a pickup truck loaded with a ton of explosives near Egypt’s border with the Gaza Strip.
YEMEN: Humanitarian agencies say Yemeni Houthi rebels are using child soldiers. Saudi Arabia continued to bomb the rebels on its northern border with Yemen.
IRAN: Iran’s president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrives in Brazil for a visit aimed at boosting ties with South America’s largest economy. The visit comes days after Israeli President Shimon Peres’ weeklong visit to Brazil and Argentina.
ALGERIA/EGYPT: The Arab League is making several proposals to end the dispute between Egypt and Algeria following their 2010 World Cup qualifier playoff match in Sudan.