NATO has condemned Syria for shooting down a Turkish jet airplane on Friday. The alliance said the attack is an example of the Syrian government's disregard for peace, security and human life. NATO representatives met in Brussels. After the meeting, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said he does not expect the situation to get worse. He said he expects Syria to take all necessary steps to prevent such events in the future. He would not comment on possible NATO action. Turkey asked for the meeting under treaty rules that let a member nation call for talks if it feels its security has been threatened.
A court in Egypt has canceled a government order that gave the military the power to arrest civilians. The army-supported temporary government gave the order before the second election for president held this month. Rights groups, lawyers and politicians condemned the order. The court action comes as Islamist president-elect Mohammed Morsi works on forming what he promises will be a government that includes all Egyptians. Monday, Mr. Morsi moved into the offices of the presidential palace. He also met with Egypt's military ruler, Field Marshall Hussein Tantawi. State television said the military ruler promised Mr. Morsi he would support the president-elect.
European leaders are calling for much tighter central control of spending by the seventeen countries that use the euro. European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and other officials explained the plan Tuesday. The seven-page plan appeared to be aimed at pushing Europe's biggest economy, Germany, into closer financial cooperation with other European countries. That cooperation could include bonds that would raise money for all euro-zone members, not individual governments. Germany has not supported the so-called euro bonds. The nation says it fears increased borrowing costs. It also says debt-troubled countries would make less effort to reform their financial systems.
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Burmese lawmaker Aung San Suu Kyi has asked France to support her country's democratic movement. During a visit to Paris, Tuesday, she told reporters that it is very important to make Burma's powerful military understand that democracy is for the good of everyone in the country, not just for a few. Aung San Suu Kyi met with French President Francois Hollande for dinner. At a joint news conference with Mr. Hollande, she expressed that Burma's new president wants to support democratic reforms there. She also said she could not say the same of Burmese military leaders.
Human Rights Watch says several thousand ethnic Kachin refugees who fled fighting in Burma now face a serious human rights situation in southwest China. They may be forced to return home although the fighting continues. The group says up to ten thousand people have fled to China's Yunnan Province from Burma's Kachin State. Heavy fighting between Kachin rebels and the army started last year.
The Asian Development Bank says it will again work with Burma because of the reforms the Burmese government has put in place over the past year. The bank says a top official will visit Burma Tuesday. The bank has not had operations in Burma since nineteen eighty-eight. Jeff [Stephen] Groff, an official with the Asian Development Bank, will meet with President Thein Sein, government ministers and opposition lawmakers during a four-day visit. More than twenty years have passed since the bank provided direct aid to Burma. Until last year, Burma had operated under almost fifty years of severe military rule.
Large areas of the Korean Peninsula are experiencing the worst water shortages in more than one hundred years. Reports say North Korean soldiers are carrying water by hand to the dry farmland. North Korean news reports said the severe lack of rain has destroyed crops in more than twenty thousand hectares of farmland in Hwanghae Province. The report also says water supply centers are empty. In Seoul, South Korean Prime Minister Kim Hwang-sik warned of possible price increases for fruits and vegetables and cuts in water supplies.
The United Nations is calling on anti-government militants to end attacks on civilians in Afghanistan. The U.N. aid operation in Afghanistan said Tuesday that two hundred fourteen civilians were killed or wounded last week in forty-eight separate violent incidents. The aid operation also said that armed groups were responsible for almost all of the incidents.
India's finance minister has resigned to campaign for president. Pranab Mukherjee will be the ruling-coalition's candidate in the presidential election on July nineteen. Mr. Mukherjee gave his official resignation to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday. In India, the position of president is largely ceremonial.
Syrian President Bashir al-Assad has told his new cabinet the country is in a state of war. A court in Egypt has canceled a government order that gave the military the power to arrest civilians. And in Paris, Burmese lawmaker Aung San Suu Kyi has asked France to support her country's movement for democracy.
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