South African President Thabo Mbeki said he has forged a deal beteween Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai to share power. Mbeki "did not offer details, but said Thursday that the agreement would be signed Monday," according to the Associated Press.
"Pakistani security forces killed up to 100 al Qaeda-linked militants in fierce clashes in a volatile tribal region near the Afghan border on Thursday, a security official said," according to Reuters.
A fire started in the Chunnel today between France and England before 4 p.m. local time on a train transporting trucks. A representative of Eurotunnel, the company that operates the tunnel, said the fire broke out about seven miles from the French entrance. A service tunnel allowed 32 people to evacuate and, according the International Herald Tribune, firefighters have put out the fire.
Two earthquakes occurred in the Pacific “Ring of Fire” on Thursday morning, an area known for its seismic activity, sparking tsunami worries. An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.1 occurred at 9:21 a.m. local time off the island of Hokkaido in northern Japan. The other quake, with a magnitude of 6.6, occurred an hour earlier in northeastern Indonesia beneath the Molucca Sea.
President George W. Bush reportedly gave permission for the July American Special Operations raids inside Pakistan without asking Pakistani officials for approval first, according to The New York Times. The Bush administration’s new policy is to “notify” Pakistan when conducting such a raid, but it will not seek “permission.”
A South Korean lawmaker has said that North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Il is currently recovering from a possible stroke, and still holds power in his country. The lawmaker indicates that Kim can stand with help and “communicate,” which contradicts rumors that he his partially paralyzed.
Bolivian President Evo Morales has expelled U.S. ambassador Philip Goldberg, charging that the ambassador helped fan the flames of the opposition in the country. “The move comes as tensions rise and violence increases in states opposed to the leftist policies of Morales,” the Associated Press reports.
An Israeli human rights group indicates that Israel has annexed about 1,000 acres of land in the West Bank. Israeli officials say the land is necessary to secure the safety of the settlers, but the human rights group “said some settlements were up to two and a half times larger than their designated area, either through fencing land off or intimidation,” The Guardian reports.
A car bomb on Wednesday night killed senior Lebanese Democratic Party member Saleh Aridi, the first killing since 2005 of a leader who supports closer relations with Syria. No party has taken responsibility for the attack considered a “blow to reconciliation,” according to Agence France-Presse.
An Italian cultural institute is calling for Italians to avoid uses of the English language that have been creeping into their language. “Italians are quite used to feeling ‘lo stress’, looking forward to ‘il weekend’ or trying to look ‘cool,’” according to the BBC.