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Afghan President Threatens to Send Troops Into Pakistan


AFGHANISTAN-PAKISTAN: Afghan President Hamid Karzai has threatened to send troops into Pakistan to confront militants who have been launching cross-border attacks. He said in a news conference today (Sunday) that the fact that Pakistani militants cross into Afghanistan to attack gives Afghanistan the right to destroy terrorist hideouts across the border. He named several Pakistani terrorist leaders, including Taliban leaders Mullah Omar and Baitullah Mehsud -- who is suspected of involvement in last year's assassination of Pakistani politician Benazir Bhutto -- and said Afghan troops will seek them out in their homes. He said Afghanistan will avenge the damage they have done over the past few years.

PAKISTAN NUCLEAR: International investigators say they have found pans for an advanced nuclear weapon on computers that belonged to the nuclear smuggling network run by Pakistani scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan. Investigators say the plans appear to resemble a nuclear weapon built and tested by Pakistan 10 years ago. But, the investigators say they have not been able to determine whether the plans were sold to the smuggling ring's customers, which included Iran, North Korea and Libya.

BUSH-EUROPE: U.S. President George Bush will be in Britain today (Sunday) for a visit with Queen Elizabeth and talks with Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Mr. Bush and his wife Laura are to tour Windsor Castle with Queen Elizabeth before having dinner with the prime minister. Mr. Bush and Mr. Brown are also scheduled to meet Monday. The agenda for the talks includes the war in Iraq. In an interview with the London "Observer" ahead of his arrival, Mr. Bush warned against British plans to set a timetable for withdrawing British troops from Iraq. He said that troop withdrawals should be based on success rather than on fixed schedules.


US-MIEAST: For a second straight day, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has criticized Israel for its ongoing construction in east Jerusalem, which Palestinians want as their future capital. Rice told reporters today (Sunday) that continued Israeli settlement activity "has the potential to harm the negotiations" between the two sides in the U.S.-backed peace talks. Rice's comments came ahead of a meeting with Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni in Jerusalem. The U.S. secretary of state said she will bring up the issue with her Israeli counterpart.

JAPAN QUAKE: Rescue workers in northern Japan have pulled three more bodies from the ruins of an ancient inn destroyed early Saturday when a powerful earthquake struck the region. Rescuers discovered the bodies today (Sunday) as they sifted through the debris of the nearly 400-year-old Komanoyu inn, which collapsed during the quake. The find brings the death toll from the quake to at least nine.

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