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Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who is accused of directing genocide in Darfur by the International Criminal Court, arrived Monday in Istanbul, Turkey, for a three-day economic summit of African leaders. It is his first trip abroad since he was indicted. It is highly unlikely that Turkish authorities will arrest him because the country has not signed the court's treaty and is not bound by its provisions.

Tens of thousands of Muslims waving protest flags marched through Srinagar, Indian Kashmir's main city, on Monday and gathered in front of UN offices to demand freedom from India and intervention by the world body. Organizers claimed it was the largest protest against Indian rule since unrest sharply escalated two months ago.

After putting a dummy satellite into orbit, Iran said Monday it is "ready to launch satellites of friendly Islamic countries into space." The long-range ballistic technology used to launch satellites can also be used for launching weapons, but Iran says it doesn't intend to do so.


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