May 28th, 2009
World Links: U.S. May Expand Embassy in Pakistan, Conservative MPs Step Down as U.K. Expense Scandal Widens

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas arrives in Washington, D.C. to meet with President Barack Obama and propose the establishment of a supervisory committee to ensure Israel and the Palestinians comply with commitments as Israel rebuffs a U.S. call for a freeze on West Bank settlements.

Amid new bomb blasts in Pakistan, the U.S. says it may expand its embassy in Islamabad to include about 400 apartments in a project similar to its massive embassy in Baghdad. UNICEF says it has almost run out of funds to provide relief to people fleeing fighting in the Northwest Frontier Province.

A 7.1 magnitude earthquake strikes off the coast of Honduras, causing one confirmed death when a house collapsed, disrupting electricity and phone services, and shaking nearby Guatemala and Belize.

Two more Conservative MPs in Britain say they will step down following outrage over their use of taxpayer money, including one who spent £22,500 to treat dry rot at her home. Eleven other lawmakers have quit since a scandal over expenses erupted, including the House of Commons Speaker.

Nigerian police arrest, then kill militant leader, Ken Niweigha. Supporters accuse police of “summarily executing” him, while police say he was killed during a gun battle.

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