The Sudanese government will withdraw its troops from the Abyei area and permit Ethiopian peacekeepers to come in. The announcement is the result of a peace agreement signed on Monday to resolve tensions over the border region between northern and southern Sudan.
American warplanes have struck Libyan air defenses about 60 times since early April when the U.S. shifted control of the air war over Libya to NATO. Drones have fired missiles at Libyan forces about 30 times.
Libyan rebels told reporters that their financial situation was worsening and, blaming the West for not stepping up support, said they were unable to continue fighting Col. Muammar Qaddafi because of lack of funds.
Syrian opposition activists have set up a “National Council” to bring about the end of President Bashar Al Asad’s nearly 11-year rule. The dissident “council” has met in Turkey and is comprised of “all communities and representatives of national political forces inside and outside Syria.”
Assad delivered a speech conceding some reforms to pro-democracy demonstrators but his Turkish counterpart said it was not enough, calling for a “multi-party” system.
According to some economists, China’s economy is expected to slow down this year due to rising inflation, rising wages and debts incurred by local governments.
Twenty-one people were killed about 100 miles from Baghdad when a suicide bomber blew himself up at the checkpoint outside the home of Diwaniya province’s governor.