President Bush has reviewed his strategy for Iraq with top military commanders and national security advisors, but has indicated little inclination he will make any major changes. Mr. Bush says (in his Saturday radio address) that his goal of victory in Iraq is clear and unchanging. He says U.S. commanders will make changes necessary in their tactics to prevail. "The New York Times" quotes some U.S. officials as saying the Bush Administration is drafting a timetable for the Iraqi government to disarm sectarian militias and meet other political and economic goals.
NORTH KOREA: U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has disputed
media reports that North Korean leader Kim Jong Il has pledged not to carry out further nuclear tests. Asian media reports have said the North Korean leader made the pledge to a visiting Chinese envoy (Tang Jiaxuan), and that he also apologized for the October ninth nuclear test.
Witnesses and hospital sources say a member of the Palestinian security service loyal to President Mahmoud Abbas has been killed in a refugee camp in Gaza Strip.
They say Mohammed Shahadeh was fatally shot outside his home in the Bureij camp early Sunday during clashes with forces from the governing Hamas group. Several vehicles belonging to Hamas members were torched.
INDIA-PAKISTAN: India says it has good, but not strong, evidence that Pakistan's spy agency was involved in sa series of bombings that killed 186 people in Mumbai in July. Indian National Security Advisor M.K. Narayanan told the CNN-IBN television network today the government does not have what he called "clinching" evidence.
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