NATO Summit, Protests Continue

NATO summit in full swing in Strasbourg, France. The primary focus of the summit is the conflict in Afghanistan. Russia’s relationship with the western world will also be discussed, Los Angeles Times. A new Secretary-General of the organization is expected to be elected, Associated Press has the list of top candidates. This year marks the 60th anniversary of NATO. Newest members Albania and Croatia were also officially welcomed at the summit, BBC News. Police in France are still holding 100 of the 300 protesters arrested yesterday. The German portion of the summit, in Baden-Baden and Kehl, is also marked by protest, though smaller than the protests in France, BBC News.

Google rumored to be in talks to buy Twitter. Twitter saw phenomenal growth last year but has yet to find a way to monetized its popularity, TechCrunch.

U.S. jobless rate up to 8.5%. 663,000 Americans lost their jobs in March, Bloomberg.

Congress approves similar budgets in the House and Senate. The two versions will be reconciled after a two week recess. No Republicans voted for the budget, which totals about $3.5 trillion, in either body, but Democrats still retained enough votes for the measures to pass, MSNBC.

Abousfian Abdelrazik, a dual Canadian and Sudanese citizen, who was picked up by the Canadian Intelligence Security Service (CISS) while visiting his sick mother in Sudan in 2003, continues to be held in limbo at the Canadian Embassy in Khartoum in Sudan. In detention, where he was interrogated and tortured by Canadian, American, and Sudanese agents, Mr. Abdelrazik’s Canadian passport expired. Though he has never been charged with any crime, the Harper government refuses to issue Mr. Abdelrazik a new passport, despite a claim in December 2008 that he would be allowed back into the country if someone would buy him a plane ticket home, Globe and Mail.

Han Wushan, a migrant worker from the Sichuan Province in China, blew himself up and injured two others with explosives at an office building in Urumqi in the western province of Xinjiang. Mr. Han believed he was owed waged for his work in Xinjiang for a road and bridge construction company in 2007, Telegraph.

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