Kuwait Elects 1st Female Lawmakers

In a country where women have only had the rights to vote and run for public office since 2006, Kuwait has elected 4 women to its national parliament, CNN International.

Tamil Tiger rebels have called a ceasefire, effectively surrendering to the Sri Lankan army and ending the intense conflict of the past month. The Sri Lankan government claims that all civilians were rescued from the war zone before it began its final push. Media are not allowed in the area so it is impossible to verify reports from either side. It is estimated that 70,000 have been killed in the conflict since it began 26 years ago, BBC News.

Pakistan claims that it has killed 1,000 militants since it stepped up attacks on Taliban rebels earlier this year. A massive civilian evacuation is underway in northwestern Pakistan along the Afghanistan border, Xinhua.

Men in Mexico dressed as police freed 53 prisoners from a Mexican prison. Mexico is in the middle of a tough fight against drug gangs, New York Times.

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