A compilation of brief news reports for Thursday, May 14, 2009 .
=== Swine flu reaches Southeast Asia ===
Two travelers returning from Mexico to Thailand tested positive for the H1N1 swine influenza on Tuesday. According to Thailand's health minister, this marks the first case of Southeast Asia.
On Wednesday, Chinese Ministry of Health officials reported a man had the disease. Currently, the officials are searching for people the man may have come into contact with.
Xuequan, Mu. "China seeks passengers with exposure to new A/H1N1 flu case" — China View, May 14, 2009
Kwok, Vivian Wai-yin. "Asian Swine Flu Risk Rises" — Forbes.com, May 13, 2008
=== Pope visits the Middle East ===
The pope's recent visit to the Middle East was expected to meet political "minefields", according to the New York Times.
While in the Middle East, Pope Benedict XVI told the Prime Minister of Palestine, "It is understandable that you often feel frustrated. Your legitimate aspirations for permanent homes, for an independent Palestinian state, remain unfulfilled. Instead, you find yourselves trapped in a spiral of violence.”
The pope was speaking about the Palestinian housing, and how there are refugee camps.
Hider, James. "Pope Benedict XVI calls for Palestinian state on visit to refugee camp" — Times Online, May 14, 2009
"The Pope in the Mideast’s Minefields" — The New York Times, May 13, 2009
=== Craigslist monitors adult ads ===
After the controversy over the "Erotic Services" section on Craigslist, the Web service will require manual posting and a $5 - $10 USD fee.
Craigslist will delete the "Erotic Services" section to replace it with "Adult Services."
Attorney General Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut claims that state investigators will monitor the section as well for extra insurance.
Stone, Brad. "Craigslist Plans to Monitor ‘Adult’ Ads" — The New York Times, May 13, 2009
Raphael, J.R.. "Craigslist's 'Erotic Services' Shutdown Could Backfire" — PCWorld, May 13, 2009