News Briefs

Rival parliaments vie for power in Kyrgyzstan

After demonstrators ousted Kyrgyzstan?s president on March 24, the country?s opposing parliaments met over the weekend, claiming to represent the country?s population of five million. The incumbent parliament, which remained intact despite the upheaval, appointed opposition leader Kurmanbek Bakiyev as interim president.

Source: Associated Press

Pope struggles at Easter Mass

Pope John Paul II failed to preside over the Easter Mass held at St. Peter?s Basilica in the Vatican City Sunday morning. Although he watched the service from the window of his residence and offered the crowd below a brief blessing, he was not able to speak. The Pope is recovering from a tracheotomy.

Source: The New York Times

Schiavo?s parents out of options

After losing an appeal on Saturday, David Gibbs, the attorney for Terri Schiavo?s parents, told local news sources in Florida that ?it appears that time has finally run out.? Schiavo?s parents Bob and Mary Schindler, as well as protestors, held an Easter service outside of her hospice Sunday morning.

Source: Reuters

Soldiers involved in Iraqi deaths not prosecuted

The U.S. Army announced that after investigation it will not prosecute 17 soldiers in the deaths of 28 Iraqi detainees, claiming that soldiers who used force on the detainees did not understand the consequences of such treatment. There are still 21 soldiers who may be prosecuted for murder, negligence or abuse of prisoners.

Source: The New York Times

Compiled by
Alexandra Kilduff