After the fatal shootings at Virginia Tech last spring, U.S. states have been cooperating more closely with the FBI in providing information on mentally ill people banned from gun ownership. The number of registered cases has tripled since last spring.
Cuban leader Fidel Castro has resigned from Cuba’s presidency after half a century in power. Castro’s brother Raul has been Cuba’s leader since July 2006, when the former president’s frail health took a turn for the worse.
According to preliminary results from Pakistan's parliamentary elections, the ruling party of President Pervez Musharraf has come in third. The Pakistan People's Party of assassinated former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto won the most seats.
President George W. Bush recognized Kosovo’s independence, saying the United States will soon establish full diplomatic relations with the new state. Britain, France, Germany and Italy have all recognized Kosovo, which declared independence on Sunday.Serbia recalled its ambassadors to the United States and France.