20 July 2006 Edition

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In brief

In brief

México

Hundreds of thousands of supporters of Mexican presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador have demanded a recount in the election on 2 July. The demonstration is the second big protest to be held in the streets of the capital Mexico City since Mr. Lopez Obrador narrowly lost the vote. He has produced evidence showing that there was electoral fraud and called for a manual recount. Results show his conservative opponent Felipe Calderon won by a margin of only 0.57 of a percentage point.

Uganda

Historic talks in southern Sudan between the Ugandan government and the rebel 'Lord's Resistance Army' had a difficult start when rebels accused the government of corruption and threatened to continue fighting. The government delegation called on the rebel fighters to hand over their weapons. Thousands have died in the two-decade conflict between the LRA and the government, and some two million have been forced to flee their homes.

Japan

Japan is reportedly considering further sanctions against North Korea, after Pyongyang denounced a UN resolution criticizing its recent missile tests. Tokyo may ban cash remittances and freeze assets held by North Korea in Japan, according to local media.

After days of talks the UN Security Council unanimously passed a resolution on Saturday which condemned the tests. But it was a milder document than Japan's original draft, which backed up UN demands with the threat of force.

Haiti

Thousands of people have demonstrated in Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince, demanding the return of exiled former President, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, to mark what is his 53rd birthday. Aristide was kidnapped and forced into a plane to Central Africa Republic during a US sponsored coup in the country. At the moment he is in South Africa. President Rene Preval had said during this year's election campaign he would consider allowing him to return home. However, the US has warned this could destabilize the country.


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