Irish separatists in Northern Ireland exploded a car bomb today in the town of Newry. The bombers gave police notice of the bomb and no one was hurt, Wall Street Journal.
After 11 days of heavy fighting in the town of Marjah in Afghanistan, residents received food aid today. NATO is attempting to secure the town from the Taliban, Al Jazeera.
40 people associated with the military in Turkey were arrested after an alleged coup attempt, BBC News.
Officials at the Pentagon announced that the U.S. military will lift its ban on women serving on submarines, Reuters.
In a second referendum vote, Ireland has voted in favor of the Lisbon Treaty, which aims to reform the workings of the European Union. A first referendum was held in June 2008 and only 10 out of 43 parliamentary constituencies were in favor of the treaty. In contrast, this time 41 constituencies voted in favor. Ireland was the only EU nation to hold a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty, Guardian UK. The Telegraph has posted a Q&A of the treaty here.
A Hamas official is denying reports that the Palestine National Authority will control the Gaza Strip after an agreement between Hamas and Fatah. A reconciliation deal is expected to be signed later this month in Cairo and some reports say Palestine will hold official elections next year, Xinhau.
Three foreign aid workers held hostage for three months have been released in Somalia. The workers, who work for Action Against Hunger, were kidnapped in Kenya by about 10 Somali gunmen. It is not known if a ransom was paid for their release, but they are all reported to be in good health and safe, BBC News.
Some parts of the U.S. will begin to receive H1N1 vaccines early next week. 600,000 doses of the nasal spray FluMist will be spread across 21 states and more will be sent out later in the week, USA Today.
Hot Topic: From Inside Military, Strong Rebuke Of Ban On Gays.
Reports say Iran has tested a surface to surface air missile. The Sajil missile has a range of 2,000 kilometers and could reach Moscow, Athens, and southern Italy. Iran’s first test of this kind of missile was in November 2008, CNN International.
Observers were allowed into the trial of pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi. It is still expected that the trial will find her in violation of her house arrest, but intense international pressure led the government to allow reporters and diplomats to view the trial. The observers reported that Suu Kyi seemed to be in good spirits and was filled with energy, BBC News. Previous reporting on the bizarre events leading to the charge, Citizen’s Daily Brief.
India’s Congress Party has enough backing to form a government on May 22. Manmohan Singh will continue as Prime Minister, Sify.
A new report outlines abuse in Catholic schools in Ireland from the 1930s until the schools were shut down in the 1990s, AP.