Two from Le Monde, one from the Guardian. The first one:
Selon l’ONU, près de 300 000 personnes seraient mortes au Darfour
LEMONDE.FR | 22.04.08
You read that right, the UN estimates that 300,000 have died in Darfur (as opposed to the already horrific previous estimate of 200,000). For its part, the Sudanese government has updated its own death tally in Darfur from 1,000 to 10,000… How generous and open of them. The worst part of it is that there is no end in sight.
The second headline:
Le gouvernement pakistanais négocie un accord de paix avec les talibans
LEMONDE.FR | 23.04.08
Oh yes, please, let’s rejoice: the Pakistani government gets chummy with the Talibans so they’ll stop killing people. In exchange, the Pakistani military would in effect withdraw from the region close to the Afghani border.
That’s good, that way, the Taliban can concentrate their efforts on reconquering Afghanistan, although they might not have to, as the Guardian informs us:
“The Afghan parliament is considering a law to ban makeup, men’s jeans, long hair and couples talking in public, amid fears that the country is sliding back to Taliban-style rules and conservative power. The proposal is seen as part of a wider push for Islamic values by Afghanistan’s ruling religious elite. It follows government attempts to ban hugely popular Indian soap operas and a recent decision by the high court to confirm the death sentences of nearly 100 people.”
Great, just great.