PAKISTAN: Senior Pakistani officials say government troops have destroyed a training facility believed linked to the al-Qaida terrorist network, killing around 80 suspected militants. The country's military spokesman (Shaukat Sultan) says helicopter gunships attacked a madrassa (or religious school) today (Monday) that militants had been using as a training facility near the Afghan border. Around 80 militant fighters are thought to have been based at the training camp (near Khar village, the main town in the Bajur tribal region).
IRAQ: Iraqi officials say a bomb blast in Baghdad's Sadr City district has killed at least 29 people and wounded about 60 others. The explosion went off this (Monday) morning near a group of poor Shi'ite laborers gathered in a square to wait for job offers. Sadr City is a stronghold of Shi'ite militias in the Iraqi capital. There has been no claim of responsibility for today's blast in Sadr City, which Sunni extremists have targeted in the past with bombs and mortars in a bid to provoke sectarian violence.
CHINA_ASEAN: Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao is calling on Southeast Asian nations to boost military cooperation with his country. Mr. Wen pushed for greater regional cooperation today (Monday) at a meeting marking the 15th anniversary of China's ties with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. The purpose of the meeting in the southern Chinese city of Nanning is in stark contrast to the motives behind the founding of ASEAN 39 years ago. Then, Southeast Asian nations aimed to contain Communist China's efforts to spread revolution in the region.
NORTH KOREA: The commander of U.S. forces in South Korea says he expects North Korea to conduct a second nuclear test "sometime in the future." General Burwell Bell said in Seoul today (Monday) that Pyongyang likely will detonate another nuclear device as part of its program to develop what he called "provocative weapons." North Korea set off an underground nuclear device October ninth. Pyongyang says it needs nuclear weapons to bolster its defenses against U.S. threats.
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