Myanmar: Dalai Lama support
The Dalai Lama said Tuesday he supported the recent pro-democracy demonstrations in Myanmar and condemned the crackdown on the Buddhist monks who led them, saying it reminded him of China's oppression of Tibetans.
Myanmar's military rulers crushed a series of pro-democracy protests in September, killing at least 15 people.
"I am fully committed, and I have full support and sympathy for the demonstrators," the Tibetan spiritual leader told reporters.
Argentina: Nazis hunted
BUENOS AIRES A Jewish human rights group launched a "last chance" hunt for surviving Nazis in South America on Tuesday, hoping to track down perpetrators of genocide before they die of old age.
"The passage of time in no way diminishes the guilt of the perpetrators," said Efraim Zuroff, director of the Israeli Simon Wiesenthal Center as he announced the campaign.
The No. 2 Nazi on the center's most-wanted list is Dr. Aribert Heim, who is believed to be in either Chile or Argentina, Zuroff said. "The whole program would be worth it just if we found Heim."
Indonesia: Thousands flee
JAKARTA Indonesia's environment minister said Tuesday that global warming was to blame after the capital of Jakarta was partially flooded, forcing thousands of people to flee homes and cutting off a highway to the international airport.
Authorities used pumps to lower water levels, which reached six feet in the worst-hit areas and washed more than a mile inland Monday, said Iskandar, an official at Jakarta's flood crisis center. At least 2,200 houses were inundated, some with chest-deep water.
Iran: New missile touted
TEHRAN Iran's military said Tuesday it has manufactured a new missile with a range of 1,200 miles capable of reaching Israel and U.S. bases across the Mideast, the official news agency IRNA reported.
The defense minister, Gen. Mostafa Mohammad Najjar, did not say whether Iran had test-fired the Ashoura or had plans to do so, according to the IRNA report. The name means "the tenth day" in Farsi, a sacred reference among Shiite Muslims to the martyrdom of Islam's third imam.
Saudi Arabia: Rape-case review
RIYADH A Saudi court will review the case of a teenage gang rape victim sentenced to jail and flogging after she was convicted of violating the country's strict sex segregation laws, the foreign minister said Tuesday.
The remarks by Prince Saud al-Faisal, made in the United States and carried by the official Saudi Press Agency, were the latest in response to a salvo of international condemnation of Saudi judicial authorities' handling of the case.
It was also a sharp turn from a statement Saturday in which the Saudi Justice Ministry condemned the 19-year-old woman raped by seven men and then sentenced to six months prison and 200 lashes as an adulteress who had allegedly confessed to cheating on her husband.
Sudan: Teddy bear brouhaha
KHARTOUM A British teacher arrested for allowing her students to name a teddy bear Muhammad will probably be cleared and released soon, a spokesman for the Sudanese embassy in London said Tuesday.
Gillian Gibbons was arrested Sunday and faced possible charges of insulting religion a crime punishable by up to 40 lashes. She was questioned by Sudanese authorities on Tuesday.