Today's News: Guinea, Israeli settlers, and burger prices

03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Stories compiled by Mohammad al-Kassim, Channtal Fleischfresser, Connie Kargbo, Ivette Feliciano, Christine Kiernan and Gizem Yarbil and edited by Rebecca Haggerty.

INDIA: Indian Foreign Minister welcomed his Russian and Chinese counterparts to Bangalore on Tuesday for talks about trilateral cooperation on regional and international issues.

SOUTH KOREA: Hospitals in South Korea on Tuesday began administering the country’s first locally developed vaccine for swine flu as three more South Koreans infected with the H1N1 have died. As of Monday the virus had killed 25 people in the country.

CHINA: The Chinese government has confirmed that two Tibetans have been executed for their involvement in the riots in Tibet last year in which at least 22 people died.

GUINEA : Human Rights Watch on Tuesday said that the killings that occurred on September 28 by security forces in the Guinean capital Conakry were premeditated. The European Union has imposed an arms embargo and sanctions against Guinea, and the restrictions specifically target Guinea’s military leaders.

SUDAN: Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir will not be attending an African Union meeting on Darfur in Nigeria this week. Human rights groups have been pressuring the government to arrest Bashir should he attend the meeting. Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

ICELAND: McDonald’s announced it will close its stores in Iceland, saying it is no longer a profitable operation due to import costs and the devaluation of the Icelandic currency. The company says it would have to raise the price of a burger to 780 Icelandic krona, or more than six U.S. dollars, to make a profit.

UK: A U.K. couple on a yacht off the eastern coast of Africa has gone missing, and pirates in the region have claimed responsibility for their disappearance.

IRELAND: According to a politician with the ruling party in Ireland, nervous drivers would do well to have a drink before driving to calm their nerves. The government is considering lowering the legal blood alcohol limit.

VENEZUELA: A record drought and frequent blackouts in Venezuela have led to protests as this week the country’s president, Hugo Chavez, announced a new contingency plan to conserve energy.

ECUADOR: Ecuador’s president is in Europe this week attempting to get powerful nations to pay his country not to drill for oil in the Amazon.

HONDURAS: The nephew of Honduras’ interim president was found shot to death, execution style, in the woods of a northern city.

ISRAEL: According to an Amnesty International report published today in Haaretz, Israel is denying West Bank Palestinians adequate access to clean, safe water, while allowing an almost unlimited supply to Israeli settlers there.

IRAN: Iran’s Al Alam TV reports that Iran will accept a United Nations deal on Iran’s nuclear program after “very important changes” are made.

TURKEY: Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is on a visit to neighboring Iran. Hurriyet reports that the purpose of the visit is to improve ties between Iran and Turkey.

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