ASIA: Myanmar’s junta party sweeps presidential race.
EUROPE: Factory explosion in Ankara.
LATIN AMERICA: Haiti announced run-off candidates.
MIDDLE EAST: “Day of Rage” held in Yemen.
TECHNOLOGY: CrowdVoice website for Yemeni protests launched.
Violent unrest continues in Egypt
Early-morning gunfire rung out around Tahrir Square; pro-Mubarak supporters are reportedly firing on people from the October Bridge.
Egypt’s health minister confirmed over 800 were injured and five people died in fighting between pro-Mubarak supporters and anti-government protesters since yesterday; Al Jazeera TV puts the death toll at seven.
The Egyptian military is taking up positions between the protesters and supporters, but have not yet intervened.
Burundi: The US Embassy in Burundi warned its citizens that terror organizations “remain actively interested” in attacking US interests this month. (AFP)
Sudan: A second assault this week by the Lord’s Resistance Army in Sudan’s Western Equatoria state continues to displace thousands. (UPI)
Zimbabwe: An independent doctors group said political violence in Harare is escalating and has “gravely” injured at least three. (AP)
Australia: Queensland survived Cyclone Yasi with no known deaths. (BBC)
Korean Peninsula: North Korea’s parliament sent a letter to South Korea’s National Assembly to propose holding talks to ease tensions. (AP)
Myanmar: The three candidates chosen for the presidential nomination – Prime Minister Thein Sein, Tin Aung Myint Ooo, Sai Mouk Kham – are all members of Myanmar’s leading, junta-backed party. (AFP, BBC)
Belgium: King Albert asked caretaker Prime Minister Yves Leterme to take all measures necessary to safeguard the welfare of the nation, including implementing budget guidelines beyond 2011. (AP)
France: Foreign Minister Michele Alliot-Marie denied news reports that she flew on a private jet belonging to a family member of Tunisia’s deposed government. (AP)
Turkey: A factory explosion in the in industrial district in Ankara injured several people and trapped others inside the debris. (AP)
Cuba: A Roman Catholic Church official said the Cuban government agreed to free four opposition prisoners and send them into exile in Spain. (AP)
Haiti: The electoral commission announced that Mirlande Manigat and Michel Martelly will stand in the second round of the election. (AP, BBC, BreakingNews)
Venezuela: Hugo Chavez celebrated 12 years in power and asked the nation to forgive his “mistakes and miscalculations” that he has made. (BBC, RIA Novosti)
Egypt: US Secretary of State condemned the “shocking” bloody violence in Tahrir Square in a call to Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman. (AFP)
Suleiman later announced he would investigate the violence.
Egypt: As Mubarak apologized for the violent attacks, ElBaradei and the Muslim Brotherhood reiterated that the President must leave office before the opposition will begin talks with the government. (BBC, BreakingNews)
Yemen: Over 20,000 Yemenis took to the streets of Sanaa for a “Day of Rage” rally against President Ali Abudullah Saleh. (BBC, Reuters)
TECHNOLOGY & COMMUNICATIONS
Yemen: Activist group MidEast Youth launched an English and Arabic version of its CrowdVoice software and website to capture information about today’s protests in Yemen. (ReadWriteWeb)