The U.S. military says U.S. and Iraqi forces have killed at least 30 suspected Shi'ite militiamen during fierce fighting in the southern city of Diwaniyah. Military officials say the fighting erupted when Mahdi Army fighters loyal to radical Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr opened fire on troops raiding the house of a Mahdi Army commander.
PAKISTAN QUAKE ANNIVERSARY: Pakistan has observed a minute of
silence for the more than 73-thousand people killed by a powerful earthquake one year ago today (Sunday). Sirens wailed across Pakistan at 8:52 a.m. local time (0352 UTC), the exact minute the seven-point-six magnitude quake hit Pakistani-controlled Kashmir and the Northwest Frontier Province. Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf led a prayer service for the victims at a stadium in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistani Kashmir.
CHINA-JAPAN: Chinese President Hu Jintao and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe say they are deeply concerned about North Korea's recent threat to conduct a nuclear test. The comments in Beijing followed the first meeting between the countries' leaders in five years. Japan's new prime minister traveled to China today (Sunday) to repair diplomatic relations that had deteriorated over Japan's wartime history, territorial disputes, and a growing strategic rivalry. North Korea's nuclear program was also on the agenda.
NEPAL PEACE TALKS: Nepal's government has resumed peace talks with Maoist rebels for the first time since negotiations stalled in June. Nepalese Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala is hosting the talks today (Sunday) at his residence in the capital, Kathmandu. Leaders of Nepal's ruling seven-party alliance and rebel chief Prachanda are also attending the meeting.
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