If you haven’t, check out our earlier live blog of today’s protests in Tehran after Ahmadinejad was declared the winner of the presidential election. Some unverified reports say 50-100 people died in clashes, but BNO can only confirm three deaths so far, BNO.
President Obama met with Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai today and pledged to give $73m in aid to the struggling country. Tsvangirai shares power with President Robert Mugabe, who is widely criticized by international powers, BBC News.
The launch of the space shuttle Endeavour has been delayed because of a hydrogen gas leak. A second launch attempt will take at least four days, SPACE.
Hot Topic: NPR takes a look at military families who will have to have to celebrate Father’s Day without their dads. Read it here.
The Congress party of India, the current majority party, received a handy victory over its nearest rival party, the Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party. The result is a bit of a surprise as it was thought that both the Congress and BJP parties had been losing ground to regional parties, BBC News. For full coverage, follow the results live at NDTV. Twitter tag is #indiavotes09.
Sri Lanka has claimed that its army has taken over the last patch of land that was held by Tamil Tiger rebels. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa is out of the country and it is expected that the country will wait to make a formal announcement until he returns, CNN.
Though the media frenzy has died down, WHO officials are warning the the H1N1 virus is still a threat. 66 people have died from the virus worldwide and it is still spreading, Reuters.
On April 16, 2009, Citizen’s Daily Brief reported that voting in Indian elections had begun. Since India is such a large country, the elections are being conducted over a five week period. India has just moved into the three phase of the election, with residents of Mumbai, the site of last year’s terrorist attacks, among those voting this week, Telegraph. The voting has been mostly peaceful although Maoist communist rebels did carry out a series of attacks in May. Over 3 million security personnel are on hand to monitor the voting and prevent violence. Voting ends May 13 and results are expected on May 16.