Century’s Longest Solar Eclipse Crosses Over Asia

Pakistan’s former president Pervez Musharraf has been called to court in Islamabad to explain himself in an investigation of his removal of 60 judges. In 2007, Musharraf suspended the constitution, declared a state of emergency and sacked the judges who he feared might rule against him, IBN.

The Permanent Court of Arbitration at the Hague has ruled to redefine a disputed area in Sudan. The Abyei region has rich oil deposits and is fought over by the Muslim north and the Christian south. Both sides have said they will respect the ruling which sought to divide access to the area’s resources equally. South Sudan will hold a vote in 2010 on whether to become a separate country. The violence in Darfur, which is in a separate region, will not be effected by the court ruling, Associated Press.

Amnesty International has released a new report about human rights abuses in Saudi Arabia, Los Angeles Times.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki will meet with US President Barack Obama today. The pair will hold a joint press conference at the White House today at 3pm EDT. Watch live at Whitehouse.gov/live.

President Obama will also hold a primetime press conference tonight at 8pm EDT. It will be carried on the networks as well as live at Whitehouse.gov/live.

Millions turned out in Asia to catch today’s solar eclipse, the longest eclipse of this century, CNN. Images of today’s solar eclipse: Xinhua, IBN.

Stunning video of the eclipse from all across Asia from BBC News.

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