Several thousand people came out yesterday to protest the results of the Feb. 18th election in Armenia. President Serzh Sarkisian won re-election with 58.6 % of the vote. OSCE called this election an “improvement” but was not “genuinely competitive”.
Syria reports 53 dead and more than 200 wounded in a Damascus car bombing this morning. 18 were also killed in a government airstrike over a field hospital in Daraa.
12 killed in twin bomb blasts in southern India, this is the first major bomb attack in India since Sept. 2011.
In Tunisia, former Prime Minister and secretary general have declined to start a new coalition government; Also Interior ministry say large quantities of weapons and explosives were found in a town near the capital, 13 have been arrested, the area has had clashes with Salafis (conservative muslims)
Well-known Tajik activist Bakhito Sattori was stabbed in Moscow but he survived
Indian police are searching for men who raped and killed 3 sisters, between the ages of 5 – 11
A new fee on the Kazakhstan border has held up 100 trucks from Kyrgyzstan; the fee is about 10 cents per kilogram, this is part of the customs union between Kazakhstan, Belarus and Russia, part of Russia’s efforts to create a Eurasian Union (by 2015).
Palestinian protestors continue to stage protests along the West Bank and antagonize Israeli soldiers. The protests are to show solidarity with the 4,500 Palestinian prisoners held by Israel
Another suspect has been detained in Russia after the death of city-council deputy Mikhail Pakhomov whose body was found in a barrel full of cement, he supposedly owed $80 million to his killers
Iran’s former intelligence minister, Ali Fallahian, wanted by Interpol is considering a run for President, he is suspected for involvement in the bombing of the Buenos Aires Jewish center, though he espouses wanting to stop nuclear development and improving ties with the US
Hezbollah member on trial for attacking Israelis in Cyprus denies any group plans, claims to act “alone”
A new computer game called “My Cotton Picking Life” is about child labor in Uzbekistan
Yemen separatists and police got into a shootout during a celebration of the country’s presidential election – 2 dead
Gunmen killed 8 Indonesian soldiers, believed to be part of a separtists group in the region
In Kenta, armed men opened fire at a mosque, killing 7 people, 2 weeks before the election there
Obama announced anti-cyber theft efforts, it includes better “coordination at home to help companies protect themselves”, applying diplomatic pressure to foreign leaders, promoting “best practices” at home, beginning a public awareness campaign, reviewing American laws for weakness
Russian guy caught cheating dude to a Russian version of Google maps, Yandex