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Published:February 8th, 2008 12:14 EST
World Chronicle: February 8

World Chronicle: February 8

By Krzys Wasilewski

AFRICA

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania. Prime Minister Edward Lowassa resigned on Thursday, following the findings of a parliamentary commission that proved him guilty of corruption. Although Lowassa denied receiving any money from a Texas-based energy provider, the commission members have no doubts that the Americans won the contract to supply power to Tanzania by bribing the prime minister and other senior government officials.

KHARTOUM, Sudan. Over 136 people have lost their lives this week to the violent activities of the Ugandan Lord Resistance Army (LRA), the Sudanese military informed on Friday. The victims are mostly civilians from the southern parts of the country, which is supposed to be protected by the joined forces of Sudanese army and rebels as part of a 2005 peace deal. The LRA still operates in northern Uganda and neighboring countries despite signing a cease fire last year.

AMERICAS

LA PAZ, Bolivia. The Bolivian government is appealing to the world community for help as heavy rains inundate the entire country. Forty-nine people are reported to have been killed in the disaster that has haunted Bolivia for the second year in a row. Among the affected cities is La Paz, the capital, where hundreds of thousands of people depend on governmental aid as the dirty water and mud have polluted drinking water.

ASIA

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan army recaptured several important outposts it the country's north, shooting 55 Tamil Tiger rebels and losing two of their own soldiers. If the information provided by the central government is true, over 1,000 insurgents – about one third of the entire force of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam – have been killed since the beginning of this year compared to only 44 government soldiers.

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan. Benazir Bhutto, former prime minister and opposition leader, died of a bomb blast, Scotland Yard investigators informed on Friday. This surprising announcement runs counter to the earlier findings that suggested Bhutto had been killed by two deadly shots in head. The British detectives, however, say it was a bomb carried by a suicide bomber.

EUROPE

MOSCOW, Russia. President Vladimir Putin warned western countries that their confrontational policies will not be left unanswered. In his speech, delivered hours before the meeting with the Polish prime minister, the outgoing president said Russia would modernize its army since the country's security is endangered. He referred to American plans for installing an anti-missile shield in Poland and a radar in the Czech Republic, both countries that previously belonged to the Moscow-sponsored Warsaw Pact.

PARIS, France. French parliament ratified the controversial Lisbon Treaty, a framework set to rule the European Union for the next several years. Only 52 legislators were against the treaty, most of them members of the Communist Party who fear the document could hamper France's vast welfare programs. To come into effect, the Lisbon Treaty must be ratified by all 27 members of the European Union.

MIDDLE EAST

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip. The calm of the sunny Friday morning was brutally disturbed by 20 Hamas-launched rockets that landed on southern Israel. According to news agencies there were no casualties. The attack came hours after Israel decided to cut off electricity to the Gaza Strip, a move to force Hamas and other Islamic militias to stop their actions.

UNITED STATES

SAVANNAH, Georgia. Over 50 people are injured and six are still missing after a huge explosion destroyed much of Savannah's sugar factory. There is still no evidence of what caused the blast and fires, which consumed the entire building, but the local authorities suspect sugar dust that could be combustible. There were up to 100 people in the factory at the time of the accident.

You may contact Krzys Wasilewski: krzys.wasilewski@yahoo.com