Nepal: First president elected
KATMANDU Nepal's governing assembly elected the country's first president Monday, rejecting a candidate backed by former Maoist rebels and creating political uncertainty for the new republic.
The Constituent Assembly elected Ram Baran Yadav, a physician from the Madheshi ethnic community in southern Nepal, which has been campaigning for greater rights and more say in the administration, assembly Chairman Kul Bahadur Gurung announced.
Yadav's was was a blow for Maoists, who won the most seats in the assembly in April elections and hope to form a new government with one of their members as prime minister. But they first need to form a coalition government since they failed to win a simple majority in the assembly.
Guam: B-52 crash kills 3
The crash of an Air Force B-52 bomber off Guam on Monday killed at least three airmen and led to an intensive ocean search for the remaining three crew members, the military said.
The unarmed B-52 bomber was en route from Guam's Andersen Air Force Base to conduct a flyover in a parade on another part of the island when it crashed around 9:45 a.m. Monday about 30 miles northwest of Apra Harbor, the Air Force said.
Mexico: Illegals won't be jailed
MEXICO CITY Mexico will no longer jail illegal immigrants detained within its borders.
A measure that takes effect today eliminates jail times for illegal immigrants caught in Mexico. Most are crossing the country from Central America en route to the U.S.
Undocumented immigration will now be considered a minor offense, punishable by fines equal to $100 to $500. Illegal immigrants previously faced up to 10 years in prison, though most were simply deported.
Mexico: Tropical storm forms
MEXICO CITY The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Tropical Storm Genevieve has formed off Mexico's Pacific coast.
Forecasters say the storm is not expected to threaten land.
It was located 275 miles southwest of Acapulco on Monday.
Myanmar: Cyclone toll detailed
Survivors of Myanmar's Cyclone Nargis face a "second emergency" unless relief efforts receive an influx of $1 billion in international aid over the next three years, according to the first full assessment of the disaster.
The joint report by the U.N., the Myanmar government and Southeast Asia's main bloc provides a comprehensive breakdown of the survivors' needs in the aftermath of the May 2-3 disaster.
The report puts the damage from the cyclone at $4 billion. Infrastructure and asset losses amounted to about $1.7 billion and loss of income was estimated at $2.3 billion.
It paints a dismal picture of the impact of the storm, which killed at least 84,537 people. Another 53,836 are missing.
Pakistan: N-scientist silenced
ISLAMABAD A court silenced the disgraced architect of Pakistan's atomic weapons program on Monday, weeks after he implicated President Pervez Musharraf in the delivery of nuclear technology to North Korea.
Abdul Qadeer Khan's wife said the scientist may appeal the ruling, which bars him from speaking about nuclear proliferation and could end his role in throwing more light on Pakistan's murky record of spreading nuclear know-how.
Khan has been kept under de facto house arrest in the Pakistani capital since 2004, when he took sole responsibility for leaking atomic secrets to countries including Iran and Libya.