Authorities in Britain say there will be no letup (reduction) in their massive anti-terrorist operation despite the capture of four men suspected of trying to bomb London's transit system. In London and Rome, police are beginning their interrogation of the suspects today (Saturday). Officials say the arrests appear to have given investigators a rare prize -- a full cell of alleged terrorists, captured alive and unharmed.
American officials say Uzbekistan has given the United States formal notice that it must leave an airbase that is a key link for military and humanitarian supplies sent into Afghanistan. News reports today (Saturday) quote Pentagon and State Department officials as saying Uzbekistan's eviction notice was delivered by courier to the U.S. Embassy in Tashkent (on Friday). The former Soviet republic in Central Asia asked the United States to remove all of its aircraft, personnel and equipment from the Karshi-Khanabad airbase within six months (180 days).
Two astronauts on the space shuttle Discovery have begun the first of the mission's three planned spacewalks. Officials at the U.S. space agency say American Steve Robinson and Japan's Soichi Noguchi will spend six hours outside the shuttle inspecting the orbiter for any damage sustained during takeoff.
Multinational talks on North Korea's nuclear program have
gone into a fifth day, with the United States and five other nations meeting in Beijing beginning work on a possible joint statement. China offered a proposed text today (Saturday) for a statement of "agreed principles" about North Korea's nuclear program.
Foreign ministers attending Asia's biggest security forum are urging Burma to release political prisoners, resume dialogue with all parties, and readmit a special United Nations envoy. The comments came at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Regional Forum in Laos on Friday. Burma has been widely criticized for its poor human rights record, including the house arrest of Nobel laureate and democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. The military lost a 1990 election, but chose to ignore the result and stay in power.
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