Aung San Suu Kyi Found Guilty

The long, drawn-out trial of Burmese pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi for violating the terms of her house arrest has ended with a guilty verdict. Suu Kyi has been sentenced to another 18 months of house arrest. The American man who visited Suu Kyi by swimming across a lagoon to get to her house, John Yettaw, has been sentenced to 7 years, including 4 in a hard labor camp. It was almost certain that Suu Kyi would be found guilty as the government, which is controlled by the military, intends to keep her out of the public eye until after next year’s elections, Washington Post.

More about John Yettaw, who suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and believed he was on a mission from God to rescue Suu Kyi, Associated Press.

The EU and UN are expected to respond to today’s announcement by seeking to extend sanctions on Burma, which the current government has renamed Myanmar. Factbox on existing sanctions, Reuters.

Fatah, the Palestinian political party started in 1960 by Yassar Arafat, has elected new leaders during their first meeting in two decades. 14 new officials have been elected to the Central Committee out of 18 total. The group also endorsed the two state solution, calling for the 1967 borders, West Bank and Gaza, to officially become a Palestinian State. Fatah lost its majority to Hamas in parliamentary elections in 2006, BBC News.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called on the Democratic Republic of Congo to end sexual violence against women, Associated Press.

Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founder of the Special Olympics and sister of President John F. Kennedy, has died at the age of 88, Sports Illustrated.

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