If there is anything that should be in a day log, it's whats going on in the world. So for now
on, I'll be keeping the top headlines from around the world here. If there are any sources I'm
not using that you recommend, please /msg me. Do you know an english language paper in South
America, Eastern Europe, Africa, or Asia that updates daily? Let me know please.
Today is a light news day, as half my sources seem to not be updating.
Without further ado, here is today's top news from around the world:
The BBC's Top Headlines:
- Mosque ready to welcome Pope
Pope John Paul II holds a mass in Damascus for
thousands of Syrian Christians, ahead of his historic visit to a mosque.
- Israel rejects settlement slowdown
As fighting flares on the West Bank, Israeli
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon rejects a key recommendation by a US-led commission.
- Space tourist touches down
Looking tired and pale, the world's first space tourist
Dennis Tito returns to Earth after what he called a "trip to paradise".
- Arroyo lifts emergency rule
Philippine President Arroyo
says the state of rebellion, imposed after last week's violence, will end at midnight local time
- Seven killed in Ukraine mine blast
A methane gas explosion rips through a coal
mine in eastern Ukraine, the latest mishap for the country's notoriously dangerous mining industry.
- Fraud claim in Senegal's elections
A Senegalese opposition party asks for some
results from last week's elections to be annulled because of "massive fraud".
- Slow body count in Congolese sinking
Congolese divers struggle to recover the
bodies of up to 70 people feared dead after they were trapped in a ferry that capsized.
- Hollywood looks to actors' unions
Hollywood producers will turn their attention
to actors' unions after agreeing a deal to avert a potentially crippling writers' strike.
- Monarchos lands Kentucky Derby
A bumper crowd of more than
150,000 see Monarchos clock the second fastest-ever time in America's biggest horserace.
- Hong Kong bars Falun Gong members
Two American followers of the Falun Gong
spiritual movement are to be deported from Hong Kong ahead of a visit by the Chinese
- Manila blast 'injures 30'
About 30 people have been injured in an explosion at a
crowded shopping mall in the Philippines, reports say.
- Macedonia at odds on 'war declaration'
President and prime minister appear divided
on whether to declare a 'state of war' in the fight against ethnic Albanian rebels.
- Serbs block Bosnia mosque ceremony
Serb nationalists in Bosnia-Hercegovina
block an attempt to start rebuilding a mosque destroyed during the civil war.
- Bomb blast in Tel Aviv suburb
A bomb explodes in a Tel Aviv suburb during the
rush hour, lightly injuring a woman, Israeli police say.
- Iran hardliners blamed for blast
Iran pulls its diplomats out of the
Afghan city of Herat as accusations fly over the killing of 10 people in a bomb
attack outside a mosque.
- Afghan refugees offered hope
UN refugee chief Ruud Lubbers tells Afghans living in
a makeshift camp in Pakistan that he will work to improve their situation.
- Ranatunga silent on match-fixing
Former Sri Lankan skipper Arjuna Ranatunga
refuses to answer questions by International Cricket Council investigators.
The New York Times' Top Headlines
- U.S. Scientists See Big Power Savings From Conservation
Scientists at the
country's national laboratories say that enormous amounts of energy can be saved if the government
actively promotes conservation.
- At Home, Mexico Mistreats Its Migrant Farmhands
As the Mexican government
presses to improve conditions for Mexican laborers in the United States, many say the plight of
migrant workers in Mexico remains unheard.
- Opening U.S. Sugar Program Is Free Trade's Final Frontier
Both refiners and
consumer groups are criticizing the government's sugar program, which has led to high prices and
- Cameras Are Being Turned on a Once-Shy Spy Agency
The C.I.A. is now working
with film makers, television producers and writers, in an effort to get out what it calls the truth
about the agency.
- For Chinese, Bliss Is Eternity in a Suburban Grave
In a reminder that
demographics can shift for the dead as well as the living, thousands of Chinese families across the
nation are searching for a better future for themselves than the crowded inner-city cemeteries
where they have long buried their dead.
- On a Diplomatic Mission, the Pope Begins Visit to Syria
al-Assad of Syria welcomed Pope John Paul II upon his arrival in Damascus as the first pontiff
to visit Syria.
- Monarchos Sweeps to Derby Victory
Monarchos romped to a four-and-three-
quarter-length victory over Invisible Ink to record the second-fastest time, 1:59.97, in the
history of the Kentucky Derby.
- In Israel, Panel Urges Settlement Freeze and an End to Terror
committee has called for an Israeli freeze on settlements and a Palestinian crackdown on
terrorism as a prelude to the resumption of peace talks.
- Poor Region's Governors in Colombia Unite to Oppose Drug Plan
Six governors have
organized into a formidable political bloc that has harshly criticized Colombia's central
government on a wide range of issues.
- Right Moment Awaits President-to-Be in Indonesia
The Indonesian presidency seems to
be hers for the taking, but nobody knows if Vice President Megawati Sukarnoputri really wants it.
- To Weather Recession, Argentines Revert to Barter
As Argentina muddles
through a recession with no end in sight, bartering is making a comeback as an improbable safety net
for a forlorn middle class.
Asia Daily' Top Headlines
- Lankan HC takes up programmes to mark Vesak
Buddhist monks in Colombo, Sri
Lanka, to celebrate the birth, enlightenment and passing away of Lord Buddha. Traditional
Buddhist cultural programmes will be presented in the evening, including Buddhist devotional songs
and a display of Vesak lanterns.
- Executions rise to 500 in China
At least 500 people have been executed in the
first month of China's "strike hard" campaign against organised crime. Meanwhile, the London-based
human rights group, Amnesty International, has condemned the crackdown for its political
overtones. Each year, China executes more people than the rest of the world combined.
- Bangladeshi Intrusion Jolted India
Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee said
Saturday that an armed intrusion by Bangladeshi troops across the country's northeastern frontier
last month caught his government by surprise.
- China Gets First 5 of 7 Gold Medals
China has swept the first five of seven gold
medals at the World Table Tennis Championships, the latest two on Saturday in the women's singles
and men's doubles.
- China Press Revels in U.S. Loss
Chinese state media and pro-government experts on
Saturday hailed the loss of the United States' seat on the top U.N. human rights body as a
rejection of U.S. attempts to bully other nations.