(Page 2 of 2)
Tens of thousands of angry Muslims fought with police across Kashmir for a fourth straight day over the transfer of land to a trust that operates a Hindu shrine. In all, the violence has led to three deaths and dozens of injuries, one of which happened as a protester tried to wrestle a gun away from a police officer. The protesters accuse authorities of planning to build Hindu settlements on the affected land, which would change the demographic balance of India's only Muslim-majority state. Above, a police vehicle swerves to avoid a bonfire of burning tires in Srinigar, Kashmir's capital.Skip to next paragraph
Subscribe Today to the Monitor
Apparently having lost a power struggle with Nepal's former communist rebels, Prime Minister G.P. Koirala resigned Thursday. The move came despite his being the chief architect of the 2006 accord that brought the rebels into the political process. Koirala reportedly sought to be appointed to the ceremonial post of president but was denied that as well. Analysts said his resignation clears the way for ex-rebel leader Prachandra (who uses only one name) to succeed him.
President Jose Ramos-Horta of East Timor has accepted the post of UN high commissioner for human rights, members of parliament said. The UN did not comment, but an announcement to that effect is expected Friday. Ramos-Horta helped to lead the fledgling nation's bid for independence, for which he shared the 1996 Nobel Peace Prize. He was severely wounded last February in an assassination attempt.
Movie stars Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have donated $1 million through their foundation to aid women and children whose lives have been disrupted by the war in Iraq, reports said Thursday. It will be spent on counseling, books and other school supplies, and on schools in need of repair. Last year, the couple gave more than $300,000 to support relief programs for Darfur refugees.