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Today's news stories: stopping West Bank settlements, America's waning mobility, and Guatemala's embattled leftist president

By Bridget Huber / May 20, 2009



Here are some of the stories our reporters are covering today:

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• In Burma, Patrick Winn asks if the country's democracy movement can survive the imprisonment of its leader, Aung San Suu Kyi.

• Meanwhile, correspondent Ezra Fieser and staff writer Sara Miller Llana report on the mounting calls for the resignation of Alvaro Colom, Guatemala's first leftist president in more than 50 years, after a video surfaced that blames him for the murder of a prominent lawyer.

• As Sri Lanka's government basks in its newfound victory against Tamil Tiger rebels, Anuj Chopra details how United Nations and other aid agencies are clamoring for unfettered access to the war zone.

Scott Baldauf reports that Ethiopian troops have been sighted across Somalia's border. In 2006, they marched to Mogadishu to oust the Islamist government with US backing, but an insurgency forced them out earlier this year. Now, as militant Islamists are poised to take over Somalia, are the Ethiopians gearing up for another US-backed incursion?

• Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu left Washington with a clear demand from President Obama Wednesday: Put a stop to Jewish settlements in the West Bank. But Israel has never managed to do this, even under previous Labor governments. Joshua Mitnick asks, how feasible is it?

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