PERU: American wins parole
A judge granted parole Tuesday to Lori Berenson, 40, the New York activist who has spent 15 years in Peruvian prisons on a conviction of aiding leftist rebels. Judge Jessica Leon granted a request by Berenson, who gave birth a year ago, for conditional release at a hearing at the Lima prison where she has been held since January 2009. Berenson cannot leave Peru until her sentence for terrorist collaboration ends in November 2015. She nodded assent when asked by the judge whether she accepted the decision, looking serene during the hearing. "I'm happy with the sentence because justice was done," said her lawyer, Anibal Apari, who is the father of Berenson's child, Salvador. Apari said Berenson, whom he met in prison and married in 2003, would be freed within 24 hours. Their child has been living with his mother in prison since his birth last May. Berenson's father, Mark, a former Baruch College statistics professor, was overjoyed at the news.
BRITAIN: Somber speech from the throne
Queen Elizabeth II delivered a somber message of austerity Tuesday in a speech outlining the plans of the new coalition government, setting out a program for sharp curbs to public spending, new regulation of the financial sector and changes to the centuries-old political system.
THAILAND: Exiled ex-leader accused
Thai authorities accused ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra of terrorism Tuesday, issuing an arrest warrant for his alleged role in deadly protests.