Pope Benedict XVI is touring the Middle East. He arrived in Israel today and, in a speech at the Ben Gurion Airport in Te Aviv, called for the establishment of a separate Palestinian state, CNN. Full text of the pope’s comment: “I call upon all available officials to be part of the quest for a just settlement…so that the two peoples can live in peace in their own homelands within secure and internationally recognized borders.”
Tamils living in Canada staged a massive protest last night, blocking the on-ramp to the Gardner Expressway, a major highway in Toronto. The protest lasted six hours and three people were arrested. The protesters voluntarily moved to Queen’s Park outside the Ontario Provincial Legislature after receiving assurances that the Liberal party would bring up there concerns in Canada’s parliament today at Question Period , Globe and Mail. The UN has confirmed a Sri Lankan doctor’s account of shelling that resulted in at least 378 civilian deaths and more than 1,000 wounded. Many more were said to be buried where they fell. The UN has called the attack a “bloodbath,” BBC News.
Mainland China confirms its first case of swine flu. The individual was a Chinese student returning home from the United States. Over 4,300 have the virus worldwide, Xinhua.
And, in an update on breaking news, Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi has been released from jail in Iran and is on her way to the United States, BBC News.