The Dalai Lama said Tuesday he'd quit as leader of Tibet's government-in-exile "if things become out of control." But at a news conference (above) in Dharmsala, India, his base, he denied accusations by Chinese Premier Wen Jibao that he was orchestrating the riots in Tibet in which an unknown number of people have been killed; estimates range from a few to as many as 99. Wen also thanked Indian authorities for halting the planned march back to Tibet by exiles in Dharmsala.Skip to next paragraph
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Protesting that they hadn't been properly invited, Sunni Arabs boycotted a conference on national reconciliation in Iraq Tuesday. They also complained that resolutions passed at earlier conferences hadn't been acted on. The meeting, opened by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, began less than 24 hours after a female bomber killed herself and 51 other people near a Shiite shrine in Karbala.
De facto military rule was imposed on the volatile Kosovo town of Mitrovica by NATO forces Tuesday in the wake of riots by ethnic Serbs that forced UN personnel to evacuate. A Ukrainian policeman serving with the UN died of wounds inflicted in the violence; several other police officers also were seriously hurt. NATO's move obliged Serb police in the town to suspend "normal" activities. Above, residents watch a NATO armored personnel carrier roll along a Mitrovica street.
Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez went on national TV in Venezuela Tuesday to proclaim, "We have defeated Exxon!" after a British court overturned the freeze on $12 billion in assets that had been awarded to the US energy giant. The freeze was granted two months ago by a judge in London to provide ExxonMobil with compensation in case an arbiter ruled in the company's favor in the case of an oil field that was nationalized by Venezuela's government. In losing Tues-day's ruling, Exxon Mobil also was ordered to pay $767,000 in Venezuela's legal expenses.