PAKISTAN-BOMBING: Police in Pakistan say two suicide bombers have killed at least 45
people outside the nation's main weapons complex. At least 70 others
were wounded in the blasts.
Authorities say the attackers blew themselves up simultaneously outside the facility today (Thursday),
as workers headed home at the end of their shifts. The heavily guarded
arms complex is located in the town of Wah, about 35 kilometers west of
the capital, Islamabad.
AFGHANISTAN-UNREST: Three soldiers with the U.S.-led NATO coalition force in Afghanistan
have been killed in a roadside bomb blast, the latest casualties in a
growing wave of attacks carried out by Islamic insurgents.
Officials say the soldiers were killed Wednesday in Ghazni in eastern
Afghanistan. They have been identified as Polish by that country's
defense ministry. A fourth soldier was wounded.
The blast occurred days after 10 French soldiers were killed in a
battle with suspected Taliban forces east of Kabul. It was the worst
death toll for foreign soldiers since the Taliban was overthrown in
IRAQ: U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, on a previously unannounced visit.
Rice is expected today (Thursday) to hold talks with Iraqi
officials, including Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, on a security deal
that will determine the future status of U.S. forces in Iraq.
She says U.S. and Iraqi officials have made great progress on the
agreement but cautioned it is not yet complete. She says there are
still issues about how the U.S. forces will operate in Iraq.
Earlier, news agencies quoted Iraqi and U.S. officials as saying the two sides had completed a draft security agreement.
SPAIN PLANE CRASH: Authorities are investigating what caused a Spanish passenger jet to
crash on takeoff from a Madrid airport, killing 153 people in the
country's worst air disaster in more than two decades.
The Spanair plane was carrying 172 people, including the crew, when it
veered off the runway during takeoff Wednesday, broke into pieces and
burst into flames.
Spain's Development Minister Magdalena Alvarez said most of the 19 people who survived the accident were injured.
THAILAND-PROTEST: About one-thousand people have rallied outside Thailand's Ministry of
Foreign Affairs in Bangkok, demanding deposed Prime Minister Thaksin
Shinawatra and his wife be returned to the country to face corruption
The two are traveling on Thai diplomatic passports which the protesters said should be immediately revoked.