Monday, May 28 in the news.....
- A man allegedly has stolen a tourist bus and took its 13 passengers on a joyride around Sydney before leading police on a foot chase. The man returned the vehicle to its original position at Star City Casino in inner Sydney today then ran from the scene, police said. During the stolen tour bus ride he impressed the passengers with his historical knowledge of the area, and they thanked officials for supplying them with a real convict for authenticity.
- The deputy leader of Al-Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri, has urged supporters in Iraq to extend their 'holy war' to other Middle Eastern countries. In a letter sent to the leader of Al-Qaeda in Iraq in the past few weeks, Zawahiri also urged supporters to wipe out the moustache movement in the country.
- Washington and Tehran open their first substantial talks in 27 years in Baghdad today, with both countries setting modest goals and limiting discussions to ways to quell the chaos in Iraq. It is expected to open something like this: "How you going?" "Not bad." "Get up to much on the weekend?" "Nah, pretty quiet one."
- Syrians went to the polls on Sunday to re-elect President Bashar al-Assad for a second term in a ballot for which he was the only candidate allowed to run. Assad said it was a hard fought contest and congratulated himself with humility.