Three people were killed in Indian-controlled Kashmir over the weekend as police fired live ammunition and tear gas to quell protests by Muslims over the transfer of land to a Hindu trust. The demonstrations, now a week old, caused the People's Democratic Party, a partner in the state coalition government, to withdraw its support. The protests will continue, organizers vowed, until "we achieve freedom from Indian domination."
Defying Kosovo's declaration of independence and its UN administrators, Serb leaders formed their own parliament Sunday. A spokesman said of the move, "We will not allow the formation of another Albanian state in this part of Europe." The assembly will have no power, but analysts said it almost certainly will increase tensions between the Serb minority and ethnic Albanians, who make up 90 percent of the population.
Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim of Malaysia fled to Turkey's Embassy in Kuala Lumpur Sunday, calling a new sodomy allegation against him "a complete fabrication." The onetime deputy prime minister was imprisoned on the same charge in the late 1990s until the nation's highest court overturned his conviction and freed him four years ago. The new accusation was made by an aide in his early 20s at a time when the three-party coalition Anwar leads was threatening to bring down the ruling National Front.