Pakistani officials say one of three helicopters escorting President Pervez Musharraf on a visit to Kashmir crashed today (Monday), killing four soldiers and injuring others. Army spokesman Major General Waheed Arshad said General Musharraf had already reached his destination and was not hurt. Arshad blamed the crash on technical difficulties, ruling out an attack. However, he said the president's spokesman, Major General Rashid Qureshi, was injured in the crash, but did not suffer life-threatening injuries.
BURMA: Burma's military government has publishe
d reports critical of Buddhist monks suspected of participating in pro-democracy protests in Rangoon last month. A state-run newspaper ("New Light of Myanmar"), says authorities found weapons and pornography in several Buddhist monasteries raided after the protests. The government says authorities searched least 18 pagodas in Rangoon. There is no way of independently verifying the newspaper report.
VIETNAM FLOODS: Vietnamese officials say floods and landslides caused by Typhoon Lekima have killed at least 66 people. Eighteen others are missing. Lekima hit Vietnam last Wednesday, but the effects of the powerful storm are still being felt (today, Monday). Authorities say emergency workers are delivering water, food and medical supplies by helicopter and boat to stranded villagers. Dirty, disease-carrying flood waters have forced some villagers to sleep on their roofs, while others have abandoned their homes completely.
INDONESIA-BIRD FLU: Indonesian health officials say a woman from Sumatra island has died of bird flu, raising the national death toll from the virus to 87. Officials said today (Monday) the 44-year-old woman died Saturday at a hospital in Pekanbaru. They say she fell sick after buying chickens from a local market last month. Authorities say laboratory tests have confirmed the woman carried the H5N1 strain of the bird flu virus. Various strains of the disease have affected birds throughout the world, but H5N1 can be fatal to birds and humans.
Iranian authorities have reopended several border crossings with northern Iraq after closing them two weeks ago to protect the U.S. detention of an Iranian citizen in Iraq.
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