Top News Stories 2008-04-09 06:58:08

Front Page: Afghanistan Attack, North Korea Agreement, Kenya Riots, San Francisco Torch

  • In Afghanistan, Taliban insurgents ambushed a group of road construction workers and their security guards, killing 18 of the guards and wounding seven. It was one of the worst attacks in months. The security guards killed were young boys working for $150 a month. The president of the International Committee for the Red Cross said, “we are extremely concerned about the worsening humanitarian situation in Afghanistan. There is growing insecurity and a clear intensification of the armed conflict, which is no longer limited to the south but has spread to the east and west."

  • The US and North Korea have reached an agreement on what North Korea will receive from the US in exchange for disclosing its nuclear activities. Negotiations on US political compensation for the declaration have been holding up progress in disarmament talks. The US had accused Pyongyang of missing a year-end deadline to make a full nuclear declaration as promised.
  • Renewed riots erupted in Kenya yesterday after opposition leaders announced that they were suspending talks with the government over a stalled power-sharing agreement. Protesters took to the streets shouting, “no cabinet, no peace!” referring to the division of power after the disputed presidential election last December. The riots are the first major incident since Feb. 28. At the center of the conflict is the division of power. The government headed by President Mwai Kibaki is refusing to cede enough powerful ministries, like finance, foreign affairs, or internal security, to satisfy the opposition. The post-election violence has left more than 1,000 people dead and hundreds of thousands still displaced.
  • San Francisco is preparing for the US leg of the Olympic torch relay today. The run will start at 1:00 p.m. PDT, and heavy protests are expected. Mayor Gavin Newsom said he had been in touch with officials in the UK and France to discuss ways of handling the controversy saying, "I'm not naive to the challenge associated with this event."
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